Reptiles and Amphibians

What might you see?

Scroll to see some of the reptiles and amphibians found at the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex.

American Alligators

Turtles & Tortoises


Scroll through the gallery to learn what types of snakes you might see at the refuges.

How to see them (or not see them)

Reptiles like snakes are cold-blooded, which means they rely on their surroundings for body heat. As a result, snakes cannot tolerate extreme temperatures. Therefore, when it is cold or extremely hot outside, snakes are relatively inactive.

So, when will I likely see them?

You'll typically see snakes from April to September basking on a rock or crossing a road or path.

What if I don't want to see them??

If you don't want to see snakes, you likely won't--encounters are relatively infrequent. Typically, the more people learn about snakes, the less they fear them, so keep reading to learn more!


Some snakes are venomous, which means that getting bit by one can be dangerous. It's important to not put yourself in a situation where you're at risk of getting bit by a snake, so keep a safe distance.

If a snake is rattling its tail, opening its mouth, or assuming a threatening pose, it is warning you to step back!

More likely to get struck by lightening??

According to the National Weather Service, 372 deaths due to lightning were recorded in the United States from 2002-2011, or an average of 37 deaths annually. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, only 20 venomous snake bites reported nationwide during the same period were fatal, an average of two fatalities a year in the entire country.

Can you spot the snake in this photo?

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