Reptiles aren’t common in cool northwest Oregon but ours do have some character. All of our local snakes are harmless, and will invariably attempt to escape rather than bite. Several local reptiles, especially the native turtles and Willamette Valley ecoregion snakes and skinks, are struggling to survive in our area due to development of their habitat and the introduction of invasive species like bullfrogs and bass.
Have you taken a picture of a reptile? Enter it into our “Columbia County Reptiles and Amphibians” project on iNaturalist! We’re collecting data on all the reptiles and amphibians of the county for a long-term study. It’s easy to upload the photos from your computer or just post directly to iNaturalist with their mobile app.