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Amphibians & Reptiles

Amphibians & Reptiles in the Metro Parks

Some are slimy, some are smooth – but each is unique in its own way. Here are just a few of the amphibians and reptiles you could find in Summit Metro Parks:

Midland Painted Turtle

Chrysemys picta marginata

This medium-sized reptile is streaked with yellow on its face and red on its shell.

When & Where to See it

It can be seen April through October, basking near water along the Towpath Trail, Liberty Park and Munroe Falls Metro Park.

Fun Fact

The painted turtle hibernates for almost six months by burrowing under the mud at the bottom of ponds.

Green Frog

Rana clamitans

This frog is green or brownish-green with folds of skin behind the eyes.

When & Where to See it

Find green frogs in any pond or lake, especially at the Rock and Herb Garden at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm.

Fun Fact

The green frog sounds a lot like a banjo when it sings.

Northern Water Snake

Nerodia sipedon

This snake is large, brown and sometimes patterned.

When & Where to See it

See it basking along the shores near water, at places like Brushwood Lake at Furnace Run Metro Park.

Fun Fact

The northern water snake can eat frogs, fish and even small birds.

Gray Treefrog

Hyla versicolor

The gray treefrog is small in size and is gray or green with large toe pads.

When & Where to See it

These well-camouflaged frogs are hard to spot, so it’s a real treat to see one.

Fun Fact

When gray treefrogs get scared, they flash the bright yellow coloring underneath its legs to deter predators.

Eastern Garter Snake

Thamnophis sirtalis

The color of the garter snake is extremely variable. It can be brown or black with stripes running down its sides.

When & Where to See it

Find these snakes in any Metro Park, gardens and walkways.

Fun Fact

Most people who are afraid of snakes are surprised to find out that the garter snake’s main food is earthworms.