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All normal LLELA facilities and activities are available as of noon on May 18!

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed the maintenance work at the outlet ahead of schedule, and we are now open for fishing, camping, and other activities as normal. However, the water level in the river is still low. Check the release rate at the Lewisville Dam before you come, if you are counting on water in the river. Normal flow is 120-250 cfs, anything less is pretty dry.

LLELA Reptile Checklist

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Common Name

Scientific Name

Observed Abundance

TURTLES

Spiny Softshell

Apalone spiniferus

C

Common Snapping Turtle

Chelydra serpentina

C

Mississippi Mud Turtle

Kinosternon subrubrum

C

River Cooter

Pseudemys concinna

C

Common Musk Turtle

Sternotherus odoratus

U

Three-toed Box Turtle

Terrapene carolina

U

Ornate Box Turtle

Terrapene ornata

U

Red-eared Slider

Trachemys scripta

A

ALLIGATORS

American Alligator

Alligator mississippiensis

R

LIZARDS

Prairie Racerunner

Aspidoscelis sexlineatus

R

Five-lined Skink

Plestiodon fasciatus

C

Broadhead Skink

Plestiodon laticeps

C

Texas Spiny Lizard

Sceloporus olivaceus

C

Ground Skink

Scincella lateralis

A

HARMLESS SNAKES

Eastern Yellowbelly Racer

Coluber constrictor flaviventris

C

Prairie Kingsnake

Lampropeltis calligaster calligaster

R

Speckled Kingsnake

Lampropeltis getula holbrooki

U

Western Coachwhip

Masticophis flagellum testaceus

U

Blotched Water Snake

Nerodia erythrogaster transversa

C

Broad-banded Water Snake

Nerodia fasciata confluens

C

Diamondback Water Snake

Nerodia rhombifer rhombifer

C

Rough Green Snake

Opheodrys aestivus

A

Great Plains Rat Snake

Pantherophis emoryi

U

Bullsnake

Pituophis catenifer sayi

U

Graham’s Crayfish Snake

Regina grahamii

U

Texas Rat Snake

Scotophis obsoletus

A

Ground Snake

Sonora semiannulata

U

Texas Brown Snake

Storeria dekayi texana

A

Flat-headed Snake

Tantilla gracilis

U

Western Ribbon Snake

Thamnophis proximus proximus

A

Texas Garter Snake

Thamnophis sirtalis annectens

U

Lined Snake

Tropidoclonion lineatum

U

Rough Earth Snake

Virginia striatula

A

VENOMOUS SNAKES

Copperhead

Agkistrodon contortrix

C

Western Cottonmouth

Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma

A

Abundance Codes Key

  • A - abundant
  • C - common
  • U - uncommon
  • R - rare
  • X - accidental