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Herp Search - Amphibians and Reptiles found in CT

A three year project to try and photograph every species of amphibian and reptile native to CT.
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The following is a list of native CT species of frogs, turtles, snakes, salamanders and lizards. The species in green have been found on our search. The CT DEEP's current population status is also listed.


Eastern American Toad
Bufo a. americanus, Secure

Fowler's Toad
Bufo fowleri, Secure

Gray Treefrog
Hyla versicolor, Declining

Northern Spring Peeper
Pseudacris c. crucifer, Secure

Rana catesbeianaSecure

Green Frog
Rana clamitans melanota, Secure

Pickerel Frog
Rana palustris, Secures

Northern Leopard Frog
Rana pipiens,Special Concern

Wood Frog
Rana sylvatica, Declining

Eastern Spadefoot
Scaphiopus holbrookii, Endangered


Eastern Worm Snake
Carphophis a. amoenus, Secure

Northern Black Racer
Coluber c. constrictor, Declining

Northern Ringneck Snake
Diadophis punctatus edwardsii, Secure

Black Rat Snake
Elaphe o. obsoleta, U

Eastern Hognose Snake
Heterodon platirhinos, Special Concern

Eastern Milk Snake
Lampropeltis t. triangulum, Secure

Smooth Green Snake
Liochlorophis vernalis, U

Northern Water Snake
Nerodia s. sipedon, Secure

Northern Brown Snake
Storeria d. dekayi, Secure

Northern Redbelly Snake
Storeria o. occipitomaculata, Secure

Eastern Ribbon Snake
Thamnophis s. sauritus, Special Concern

Eastern Garter Snake
Thamnophis s. sirtalis, Secure

Northern Copperhead
Agkistrodon contortrix mokasen, Declining

Timber Rattlesnake
Crotalus horridus, Endangered


Common Snapping Turtle
Chelydra s. serpentina, Secure

Painted Turtle
Chrysemys picta ssp., Secure

Spotted Turtle
Clemmys guttata, Declining

Wood Turtle
Clemmys insculpta, Special Concern

Bog Turtle
Clemmys muhlenbergii, Endangered

Northern Diamondback Terrapin
Malaclemys t. terrapin, Secure

Eastern Box Turtle
Terrapene c. carolina, SC

Common Musk Turtle
Sternotherus odoratus, Secure

Sea Turtles

Loggerhead (Marine)
Caretta caretta, Threatened

Green Turtle (Marine),
Chelonia mydas, Threatened

Atlantic Ridley (Marine)
Lepidochelys kempii, Endangered

Leatherback (Marine)
Dermochelys coriacea, Endangered


Jefferson Salamander Complex
Ambystoma jeffersonianum complex, Special Concern

Blue-spotted Salamander Complex,
Ambystoma laterale complex, Special Concern

Blue-spotted Salamander Diploid Populations
Ambystoma laterale, Threatened

Spotted Salamander
Ambystoma maculatum, Declining

Marbled Salamander
Ambystoma opacum, Declining

Northern Dusky Salamander
Desmognathus fuscus, Declining

Northern Two-lined Salamander
Eurycea bislineata, Secure

Northern Spring Salamander
Gyrinophilus p. porphyriticus, Threatened

Four-toed Salamander,
Hemidactylium scutatum, Secure

Northern Redback Salamander,
Plethodon cinereus, Secure

Northern Slimy Salamander
Plethodon glutinosus, Threatened

Common Mudpuppy,
Necturus maculosus, ?

Red-spotted Newt,
Notophthalmus v. viridescens, Secure


Five-lined Skink
Eumeces fasciatus, Threatened