North America

California King Snake
Lampropeltis getula californiae

• region: western United Sates and northern Mexico
• habitat: forest, woodland, deserts, chaparral, grassland, marshes
• non-venomous constrictor
• eats small mammals, lizards, snakes (i.e. rattlesnakes)
• diurnal; nocturnal when weather is hot
• vibrates tail quickly when disturbed

   

Corn Snake/Red Rat Snake
Elaphe guttata

• region: found throughout southeastern and central United States
• habitat: overgrown fields, forest openings, trees, farms
• eats small mammals; will eat birds and bats, but prefer prey closer to the ground

   

Honduran Wood Turtle
Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima incisa

• various R. pulcherrima species are native to the western coast of Mexico and Central America (Sonora to Costa Rica)
• they prefer woodland and forest habitats near water; mainly terrestrial
• diet: vegetation, fruits, earthworms

   

Ornate Box Turtle
Terrapene ornata ornata

• region: Great Plains of the United States; Wisconsin to Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana to Colorado
• found in grasslands and prairies
• protected in Colorado, Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Kansas; state reptile of Kansas
• opportunistic feeder: will eat almost anything it comes across (grasses, fruits, invertebrates, vegetables, carrion)

   

Mexican RedKnee Tarantula
Brachypelma smithi

• Pacific Ocean side of Mexico (scrublands and deserts); terrestrial
• deciduous tropical forests in southwestern Mexico
• eats large insects and small mammals
• listed as endangered by CITES; however, they are bred successfully in captivity

   

Rosy Boa
Lichanura trivirgata

• one of the two members of the boa family (Boidae) native to the United States; the other is the Rubber boa (Charina bottae)
• found in the American Southwest and Baja, California and Sonora
• up to 4ft. in length
• they eat small mammals, birds, lizards
• they hide under rocks and in crevices to escape predation

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