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Reptiles and Amphibians

With over 300 acres of floodplain forest, Jones Park is home to a diverse group of amphibians and reptiles. From the tiny narrow-mouthed toads and baby Gulf Coast toads to seven-foot-long Texas rat snakes and American alligators, visitors have the opportunity to view a wealth of cold-blooded, scaly animals.

 
Red-eared Slider Turtle by Paul Roling

A favorite stop for visitors to see amphibians and reptiles is the cypress pond at the intersection of the Canoe Launch Trail and the Cypress Overlook Trail. Visitors can receive bags of turtle food at the nature center for a nominal donation to the Jesse Jones Park Volunteer organization. Scores of red-eared sliders and river cooter turtles will race towards the overlook deck to gulp hungrily at these tasty treats.

The local snake exhibit in the nature center is a great opportunity for park visitors to learn more about the native venomous and non-venomous snake species. Live specimens of all six species of venomous snakes that have been documented in Harris County can be viewed up close.

Throughout the year, the park offers many amphibian- and reptile-related programs, including specific programs on turtles, snakes, and frogs.

Article: Snakes Alive! (PDF)

For more detailed information on snakes of the Harris County area, visit www.petflytrap.com/houstonherp/SnakesKeyList.htm.

Checklist: Reptiles and Amphibians (PDF)

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Amphibians
Common amphibians found at Jones Park.
Smallmouth Salamander. Jones Park stock photo
Eastern narrow mouth toad by Lang Elliot, NatureSound Studio
Gulf Coast toad by Lang Elliot, NatureSound Studio
Southern leopard frog by Lang Elliot, NatureSound Studio
Bronze frog by Lang Elliot, NatureSound Studio
Bullfrog by Lang Elliot, NatureSound Studio
Green tree frog by Lang Elliot, NatureSound Studio
Gray tree frog by Lang Elliot, NatureSound Studio
Upland chorus frog by Lang Elliot, NatureSound Studio

Reptiles
Common reptiles found at Jones Park.
Five-lined skink by Paul Roling
Ground skink by Paul Roling
Three-toed box turtle by Paul Roling
American alligator by Paul Roling
Green anole by Paul Roling
Red-eared slider turtle by Paul Roling
Southern Copperhead by Mike Howlett
Western Cottonmouth by Mike Howlett
Texas Coral Snake by Mike Howlett
Texas Rat Snake by Mike Howlett
Buttermilk Racer by Mike Howlett
Louisiana Milk Snake by Mike Howlett
Broad-banded Water Snake by Mike Howlett
Yellowbelly Water Snake by Mike Howlett
Diamondback Water Snake by Mike Howlett
Blotched Water Snake by Mike Howlett
Eastern Hognose Snake by Mike Howlett
Texas Brown Snake by Mike Howlett