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Reptile Symbols

In the race for national animal, birds and mammals are way ahead, but don’t write off reptiles. Reptiles are surprisingly popular as symbols of the 50 U.S. states, and there are a few national reptiles as well.

Let’s take a brief tour of reptiles of state.

National Reptiles ˆ

U.S. State Reptiles ˆ

Every species listed below was designated the official reptile unless specified otherwise in the “Designation” column..

List of State Reptiles
State Species Designation
Alabama Alabama red bellied turtle (Pseudemys alabamensis) 1990
Arizona ridge nosed rattlesnake (Crotalus willardi) 1986
California California desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) 1972
  Pacific leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) Marine Reptile 2012
Colorado western painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) 2008
Florida American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) 1987
  loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) Saltwater Reptile 2008
  gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) Tortoise 2008
Georgia gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) 1989
Illinois painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) 2005
Kansas ornate box turtle (Terrapene ornata) 1986
Louisiana American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) 1983
Maryland diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) 1994
Massachusetts common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) 2007
Michigan painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) 1995
Mississippi American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) 2005
Missouri three toed box turtle (Terrapene carolina) 2007
Nevada desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) 1989
New Mexico New Mexico whiptail lizard (Cnemidophorus neomexicanus) 2003
New York common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) 2006
North Carolina eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina) 1979
Ohio black racer (Coluber constrictor) 1995
Oklahoma mountain boomer or collared lizard (Crotaphytus collaris) 1969
South Carolina loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) 1988
Tennessee eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina) 1995
Texas Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum) 1993
  Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) Sea Turtle 2013
Vermont painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) 1994
Virginia eastern garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) Snake 2016
West Virginia timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) 2008
Wyoming horned toad (Phrynosoma douglasii) 1993

Other Reptiles of State ˆ

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