California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Threatened and Endangered Reptiles

Species Accounts

The table below contains the 13 species and subspecies of reptiles listed as either threatened or endangered by the State of California or the federal government. This list is in alphabetical order, by the general name of the animal (for example: tortoise, lizard, boa, etc.).

For species accounts, see CWHR Life History Accounts and Range Maps.

This list and the accompanying species accounts may not be complete or reflect the current legal status of these reptiles because of listing activities more recent than the status accounts in the links below. The current legal status for each species, is provided online at (PDF) and is updated quarterly.

For more information on the species listed below, use the CDFW's Species Explorer. Please note, the Species Explorer is still being worked on. Not all species might appear in the database.

Common Name Scientific Name
Boa, Southern Rubber Charina (bottae) umbratica
Gecko, Barefoot Banded Coleonyx switaki
Lizard, Blunt-nosed Leopard Gambelia sila
Lizard, Coachella Valley Fringe-toed Uma inornata
Lizard, Island Night Xantusia riversiana
Snake, Giant Garter Thamnophis (couchi) gigas
Snake, San Francisco Garter Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia
Tortoise, Desert Gopherus agassizii
Turtle, Green Sea Chelonia mydas
Turtle, Leatherback Sea Dermochelys coriacea
Turtle, Loggerhead Sea (North Pacific DPS) Caretta caretta
Turtle, Olive (= Pacific) Ridley Sea Lepidochelys olivacea
Whipsnake, Alameda Masticophis lateralis euryxanthus