Below is a list of reptiles found in Massachusetts. Both common and scientific names are listed. The listing is updated as new information becomes available to MassWildlife. Fact sheets are available for certain species and are linked below.

For the phylogenetic listing and distribution status of reptiles in Massachusetts, see the List of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Massachusetts.


Below is a list of all turtles which live or breed in Massachusetts. The species with hyperlinks are listed on the MA Endangered Species Act (MESA) list and takes you to a comprehensive fact sheet on that particular animal.

For more information about turtles, including more fact sheets, turtle identification information, turtle conservation efforts and tips, go to our Turtle Home page.

Freshwater & Terrestrial Turtles

Sea Turtles

  • Sea turtle, Green (Chelonia mydas)
  • Sea turtle, Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricate)
  • Sea turtle, Kemp's Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
  • *Sea turtle, Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea)
  • Sea turtle, Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

* = Listed on the MA Endangered Species Act List (MESA)

Skinks & Snakes

  • Brownsnake, Dekay's (Storeria dekayi)
  • *Copperhead pdf format of Copperhead
 (Agkistrodon contortrix)
  • Gartersnake, Common (Thamnophis sirtalis)
  • Greensnake, Smooth (Opheodrys vernalis)
  • Milksnake (Lampropeltis triangulum)
  • Racer, Eastern (Coluber constrictor)
  • *Rattlesnake, Timber pdf format of Timber Rattlesnake
file size 2MB  (Crotalus horridus)
  • *Ratsnake, Eastern pdf format of Eastern Ratsnake
 (Pantherophis alleghaniensis)
  • Ribbonsnake, Eastern (Thamnophis sauritus)
  • Skink, Common Five lined (Eumeces fasciatus)
  • Snake, Redbellied (Storeria occipitomaculata)
  • Snake, Eastern Hog-nosed (Heterodon platirhinos)
  • Snake, Ring-necked (Diadophis punctatus)
  • Watersnake, Northern (Nerodia sipedon)
  • *Wormsnake, Eastern pdf format of Eastern Wormsnake
 (Carphophis amoenus)

* = Listed on the MA Endangered Species Act List (MESA)