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Reptiles and Amphibians

Illustrated Guides

Frogs and Toads

Arroyo Toad
California Treefrog
Pacific Treefrog


Arboreal Salamander
California Newt
Garden Slender Salamander
Monterey Ensatina
Large-blotched Ensatina

Turtles and Tortoises

Pacific Pond Turtle


Southern Sagebrush Lizard
Western Fence Lizard
Coast Horned Lizard
Sonoran Desert Fringe-toed Lizard
Common Side-blotched Lizard
Southern Alligator Lizard
Baja California Collared Lizard
Cope's Leopard Lizard
Long-nosed Leopard Lizard
Western Banded Gecko
Desert Iguana
Common Chuckwalla


Non-poisonous Snakes
Rosy Boa
California Mountain Kingsnake
Two-striped Gartersnake

Poisonous Snakes
Speckled Rattlesnake
Red Diamond Rattlesnake
Western Rattlesnake
Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
Angel Island Speckled Rattlesnake
Santa Catalina Island Rattlesnake
Baja California Rattlesnake
San Esteban Island Rattlesnake
San Lorenzo Island Rattlesnake
Black-tailed Rattlesnake
El Muerto Island Speckled Rattlesnake
Tiger Rattlesnake
Tortuga Island Rattlesnake

Supplemental Information


Glossary of Reptile Terms
Herpetology Classes
Laurence M. Klauber
Recommended Reading
Type Specimens


Amphibians of San Diego County
Amphibians of Baja California
Reptiles of Baja California
Reptiles of San Diego County

Frequently Asked Questions

Reptiles and Amphibians

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Amphibians and Reptiles in the Headwaters of the San Diego River
Local Amphibians and Rain
Salamanders: Large-blotched Ensatina
Snakes: Encountering Rattlesnakes
Snakes: Finding Snakes

Reptiles, Captivity, and Trade Issues
Fact Sheet on Reptiles as Pets

Research Expeditions

Agua Verde–Punta Mechudo Expedition of 2003
Sierra Guadalupe and the Gulf Islands
Herpetofaunal Survey of Isla de Los Coronados

[Western Banded Gecko]

Photo credit: Western Banded Gecko by Brad Hollingsworth

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