Northwestern gartersnakes are the smallest gartersnake species in Washington.
Terrestrial gartersnakes are found in southwestern Canada and western United States.
Herpetology collections are accessible through the Arctos website. Search for “Amphibian and reptile specimens” under "Burke Museum."
Though the lizards may seem like a portal to a bygone era, their habitat and survival faces serious threats today.
Southern alligator lizards are large, rough-scaled lizards with short limbs and a long tail.
Northern alligator lizards are small to medium-sized rough-scaled lizards with short limbs and a long tail.
Horned lizards are rather toad-like in appearance, hence their Latin name “Phrynosoma” meaning “toad body."
Western Skinks tend to live near water in dry open forests, shrub-steppe, and grassland.
Each time a rattlesnake sheds its skin, a new segment is added to their rattle.
Pacific gopher snake eggs are some of the largest eggs of any snake found in the United States.