of Tennessee

Tennessee is home to 9 species of lizards, none of which are venomous.  Please take the time to learn more about these interesting and beneficial residents of our state.

Amphibian and Reptile Checklist for each of the Grand Divisions of Tennessee


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Tennessee's Lizards

Eastern Fence Lizard (Sceloporus undulatus)

Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

Slender Glass Lizard (Ophisaurus attenuatus)

Coal Skink (Plestiodon anthracinus)

Common Five-lined Skink (Plestiodon fasciatus)

Southeastern Five-lined Skink (Plestiodon inexpectatus)

Broad-headed Skink (Plestiodon laticeps)

Little Brown Skink (Scincella lateralis)

Six-lined Racerunner (Aspidoscelis sexlineata)


In Tennessee, it is illegal to harm, kill, remove from the wild, or possess native reptiles or amphibians taken from the wild without the proper permits.

Please help the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) to protect our native snakes. Do not remove snakes from the wild or release snakes that have been captive into the wild.

Once-captive snakes often don't survive in the wild and can introduce harmful diseases and parasites into the wild.



Tennessee Herpetological Society

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