Reptiles

Snakes
Falls Church has an abundance of snakes. However, the majority of them are harmless. The copperhead is the only poisonous snake in our area and is not commonly seen. The most common snakes are garter snakes, black snakes, and rat snakes. All of these snakes serve a purpose and are beneficial in reducing the rodent population. If you find a snake in your residence, contact animal control to assist. Do not kill the snake unnecessarily. Simply cover it with a bucket or trash can until help arrives.

Turtles
Turtles are the oldest living group of reptiles, first appearing about 200 million years ago. Like the other orders of reptiles, turtles are cold-blooded, have scaly skin, and lay eggs with a yolk and tough outer covering.

Among the differences between turtles and other reptiles, the most exceptional is the presence of shells. The turtle's shell is a covering that encloses the turtle's body. Within this armor, the soft body parts of the turtle are protected. From the shell, project the turtle's head, legs, and tail. The attributes of the turtle's shell can vary greatly, from hard and bony to flexible and leathery. Some turtles have shells with bright markings or unusual shapes. It is very common to see snapping turtles, box turtles, and other species in the city, but remember it is against the law to harass or capture any of these reptiles.