Young common garter snake, Lopez
Reptiles are especially poorly documented in the San Juan Islands. Apart from garter snakes (Thamnophis spp), which are relatively abundant and widespread, and important controls on slugs, snails, and Rough-skinned newts, reptiles have been seen rarely. Rubber boas, reported historically, have not been reconfirmed in many years. Sharp-tailed snakes are known from a single recent documented report. Western pond turtles were last seen 20 years ago. Kwiaht has been able to confirm the survival of Northern alligator lizards on Orcas Island, and uses a combination of school projects, local news stories, and community radio to raise awareness and attract sightings and specimens.
Western terrestrial garter snake