Rhode Island is home to 7 species of turtles. The most common visitor to vernal pools is the spotted turtle. Snapping turtles and painted turtles are also frequently found in these habitats.

Of the 13 species of snakes in Rhode Island, only 3 species are typically found hunting around vernal ponds- garter snakes, ribbon snakes, and n. water snakes.
spotted turtle
Spotted Turtle
Clemmys guttata
garter snake Garter Snake
Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis
  Painted Turtle
Chrysemys picta ssp.
  Eastern Ribbon Snake 
Thamnophis sauritus sauritis
snapping turtle Common Snapping Turtle
Chelydra s. serpentina
  Northern Water Snake
Nerodia sipedon
box turtle
Box turtle
Terrapene carolina carolina