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Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge

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Office in Lakeview, Oregon


The amphibians on Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge are limited in numbers and diversity as the Refuge is generally too cold and dry to support a wide variety of these animal species. They are naturally closely associated with the water areas of the Refuge, occurring in the numerous springs, along stream courses, and in the ponds and reservoirs present on the Refuge.

Reptiles occurring on Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge include lizards and snakes and are found scattered throughout the Refuge area. The numerous rocky outcroppings, bluffs, and canyons are natural, attractive habitats for these species. The Western Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis) is the only venomous reptile on which Refuge visitors should be aware, and it occurs in all areas of the Refuge. The Night Snake (Hypsiglens torquata) is thought to have a poisonous bite to a small degree, but the chances of visitors encountering this snake are rare as it is very secretive in nature.

Amphibians currently listed on the Refuge include:

___ Great Basin Spadefoot
___ Pacific Treefrog
___ Bullfrog (introduced)

Lizards currently listed as occurring on the Refuge include:

___ Collared Lizard
___ Leopard Lizard
___ Western Fence Lizard
___ Sagebrush Lizard
___ Side-blotched Lizard
___ Short-horned Lizard
___ Desert Horned Lizard
___ Western Whiptail
___ Southern(?) Alligator Lizard

Snakes currently listed as occurring on the Refuge include:

___ Rubber Boa
___ Racer
___ Striped Whipsnake
___ Gopher Snake
___ Western Terrestrial Garter Snake
___ Night Snake
___ Western Rattlesnake

For additional information please contact:
                       Refuge Manager
                       Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge
                       P.O. Box 111
                       Lakeview, OR 97630
                       Telephone: 503/947-3315

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