Reptiles are air-breathing vertebrates that are cold-blooded (ectothermic).  Most reptiles lay eggs but some species give birth to live young.  As they grow, their skins become too tight, so they grow a new skin underneath the old one.  When they are ready, they slide out of the old one, leaving it behind in the grass or someone’s underground burrow.  See if you can find one in the prairie.

California Kingsnake

The California Kingsnake is dark brown or black with whitish-yellow bands. The Kingsnake received its name because it often eats other snakes.

Garter Snake

The Common (or Valley) Garter Snake is easily identifiable by a black body, yellow stripes down the back, and red blotches on the sides.  The...

Gopher Snake

The Gopher Snake is yellowish brown, with dark, diamond-shaped markings. They can grow very large, often over 2 meters in