In Mississauga, there is a wide variety of wildlife that exist among us. Many of them have
learned how to co-exist with our close presence. Many continue to exist without any interaction
from us at all. This list has been created to illustrate some of the species of wildlife that
are living in our community. Each has a brief description about the identification of the
animal. For further information, please contact a Wildlife Representative at 905-896-5862
|COMMON GARTER SNAKE
(Thamnophis sirtalis) 1.5-4 feet
in length. 3 stripes, one on back and one on each side; side stripes occupy 2nd
and 3rd row of scales above belly.
|SNAPPING TURTLE (Chelydra serpentina) 8-20 inches in
length. head big, with powerful jaws; carapace brown, often covered with algae
or mud; long tail.
|NORTHERN WATER SNAKE
(Nerodia sipedon) 2-4 feet in
length. crossband on neck; dark blotches on back and sides; belly with
cresentlike spots, scattered or in 2 rows; stout body; broad head; scales with
|PAINTED TURTLE (Chrysemys picta) 4-9
inches in length.
carapace smooth, olive to black, with red bars or crescents along edge;
plastron yellow, sometimes with markings.