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Online Field Guide for Reptiles and Amphibians

New Jersey is home to 71 species of reptiles and amphibians. In an effort help residents and visitors of the state accurately identify these species, the Division of Fish and Wildlife has created a "Field to Reptiles and Amphibians of New Jersey" with a companion audio CD. The CD, "Calls of New Jersey Frogs and Toads", was created to help with the identification of the 16 species of calling amphibians found in the state.

The following list of New Jersey reptiles and amphibians have links to fact sheets in PDF format (65-110kb each). The fact sheets are excerpted from the Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of NJ. The frogs and toads also have a link to each species' calls which are shortened versions of those found on the vocalization CD. This online field guide is intended to provide instant access to pictures, maps, calls and descriptions for New Jersey’s reptiles and amphibians.

Turtles
Lizards
Snakes
Salamanders
Frogs & Toads

NOTE: (E) indicates listing as a state endangered species, (T) indicates listing as a state threatened species. See the List of NJ Threatened and Endangered Wildlife for more detailed information on these species.

TURTLES
Bog Turtle (E)       Clemmys muhlenbergii
Common Map Turtle    Graptemys geographica
Common Musk Turtle    Sternotherus odoratus
Common Snapping Turtle    Chelydra serpentina
Diamondback Terrapin    Malaclemys t. terrapin
Eastern Box Turtle    Terrapene c. carolina
Eastern Mud Turtle    Kinosternon s. subrubrum
Eastern Painted Turtle    Chrysemys p. picta
Eastern Spiny Softshell    Apalone s. spinifera
Redbelly Turtle    Pseudemys rubriventris
Red-eared Slider    Trachemys scripta elegans
Spotted Turtle    Clemmys guttata
Wood Turtle (T)    Clemmys insculpta

LIZARDS
Five-lined Skink    Eumeces fasciatus
Ground Skink    Scincella lateralis
Northern Fence Lizard    Sceloporus undulatus hyacinthinus

SNAKES
Black Rat Snake    Elaphe o. obsoleta
Corn Snake (E)    Elaphe g. guttata
"Coastal Plain" Milk Snake    L. t. triangulum X L. t. elapsoides
Eastern Garter Snake    Thamnophis s. sirtalis
Eastern Hognose Snake    Heterodon platyrhinos
Eastern Kingsnake    Lampropeltis g. getula
Eastern Milk Snake    Lampropeltis t. triangulum
Eastern Ribbon Snake    Thamnophis s. sauritus
Eastern Smooth Earth Snake    Virginia v. valeriae
Eastern Worm Snake    Carphophis a. amoenus
Northern Black Racer    Coluber c. constrictor
Northern Brown Snake    Storeria d. dekayi
Northern Copperhead    Agkistrodon contortrix mokasen
Northern Pine Snake (T)    Pituophis m. melanoleucus
Northern Redbelly Snake    Storeria o. occipitomaculata
Northern Ringneck Snake    Diadophis punctatus edwardsii
Northern Scarlet Snake    Cemophora coccinea copei
Northern Water Snake    Nerodia s. sipedon
Queen Snake (E)    Regina septemvittata
Rough Green Snake    Opheodrys aestivus
Smooth Green Snake    Opheodrys vernalis
Southern Ringneck Snake    Diadophis p. punctatus
Timber Rattlesnake (E)    Crotalus horridus

SALAMANDERS
Blue-spotted Salamander (E)    Ambystoma laterale
Eastern Mud Salamander (T)    Pseudotriton m. montanus
Eastern Tiger Salamander (E)    Ambystoma t. tigrinum
Four-toed Salamander    Hemidactylium scutatum
Jefferson Salamander    Ambystoma jeffersonianum
Longtail Salamander (T)    Eurycea l. longicauda
Marbled Salamander    Ambystoma opacum
Mountain Dusky Salamander    Desmognathus ochrophaeus
Northern Dusky Salamander    Desmognathus f. fuscus
Northern Red Salamander    Pseudotriton r. ruber
Northern Slimy Salamander    Plethodon glutinosus
Northern Spring Salamander    Gyrinophilus p. porphyriticus
Northern Two-lined Salamander    Eurycea bislineata
Redback Salamander    Plethodon cinereus
Red-spotted Newt    Notophthalmus v. viridescens
Spotted Salamander    Ambystoma maculatum

FROGS & TOADS
American Toad    Bufo americanus    call
Bullfrog    Rana catesbeiana    call
Carpenter Frog    Rana virgatipes    call
Eastern Spadefoot (toad)    Scaphiopus h. holbrookii    call
Fowler’s Toad    Bufo woodhousii fowleri    call
Green Frog    Rana clamitans melanota    call
New Jersey Chorus Frog    Pseudacris triseriata kalmi    call
Northern Cricket Frog    Acris c. crepitans    call
Northern Gray Treefrog    Hyla versicolor    call
Northern Spring Peeper    Pseudacris c. crucifer    call
Pickerel Frog    Rana palustris    call
Pine Barrens Treefrog (T)    Hyla andersonii    call
Southern Gray Treefrog (E)    Hyla chrysoscelis    call
Southern Leopard Frog    Rana utricularia    call
Upland Chorus Frog    Pseudacris triseriata feriarum    call
Wood Frog    Rana sylvatica    call

ADDITIONAL LINKS

arrow Endangered and Nongame Species Program
arrow Endangered and Threatened Species List
arrow Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians and Related CD
arrow Snakes of NJ (pdf, 260kb)
arrow Frogs of NJ (pdf, 610kb)
arrow Watchable Wildlife and Diversity Tours
arrow Reptiles and Amphibians Resource Package for Teachers
arrow Landscape Project
arrow Endangered and Nongame Advisory Committee
arrow Feature Articles
 
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