This website documents the amphibians and reptiles (herps) found in the state of California with information including:
• Taxonomic Lists, Photo Indexes, Range Maps, and Species Accounts of all native and non-native amphibians and reptiles established in California
• Sound Recordings, including the Calls of California's Frogs and Toads
• Short Videos of most species
• Lists of Species that Might Occur in California and of Established Non-native Species in California
• Tips on Identifying Amphibians and Reptiles found in the wild in California
• California Collecting Regulations,
• Conservation Status information
For an introduction to the herps of California that does not require knowledge of the names of the animals, look at the Behavior and Life History pages, the Photo Indexes, the Range Maps, or the regional pages for the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California, and the Greater Sacramento Area.
In addition to complete coverage of California's herps, the site includes photo indexes, sounds, and videos of some reptiles and amphibians from areas Beyond California, that have been separated into a few random regions, including a complete list of herps of the Pacific Northwest, many Appalachian Mountains Salamanders, many of the herps of Texas, Baja California, and the North American Southwest, some herps from Australia, and miscellaneous herps from Other Areas not included on any other list.
This site does not provide information regarding keeping and caring for captive amphibians or reptiles. It is not a place where you can get information about buying, selling, or trading animals. And I do not provide information about where, when, or how you can find and collect herps in the wild.
I will continue to add more pictures, videos, and information, and to update name changes, new species discoveries and new species introductions as I learn of them. Visitor comments, contributions, and observations of California amphibians and reptiles and of non-native animals found in the state are always welcome and have enriched this site considerably. If you have pictures or reports of interesting or unusual California amphibians and reptiles and their activity, or of non-native animals you have found that you want to share, please Contact Me.
This is a privately-owned and maintained web site that is not affiliated with any other organization, agency, institution, or web site. I have taken care to make sure the information is accurate and complete, but you should also consult other sources for definitive information. If you see an error, please let me know. Caveat lector.