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and Reptiles of California


California's Reptile and Amphibian Diversity








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According to my count, as of August 2018, at least 249 forms of reptiles and amphibians can be found living in the wild in California including 73 endemics (found only in California) and 22 documented alien species. 4 Species once present are now considered extinct in the state.

"Forms" includes subspecies.
(If a species is divided into several subspecies and 3 subspecies are found in California, then that counts as 3 forms.)

(Go here to see a list of currently undescribed herps and some that could occur in California.)

Taxonomy is always changing so these totals will continually change with the discovery of new species and subspecies, or with the re-classification of species and subspecies. I will keep updating this list as changes happen.


Native Forms of
Reptiles and Amphibians
Currently Found in California



Extinct Forms No Longer Found in the State and Not Counted Here Established
Alien Species

Total Native and Alien Forms   California
Endemic Forms



(Already Included within the count of Native Forms to the left)
  Native Species of
Reptiles and Amphibians
Currently Found in California


(Already Included within the count of Native Forms to the left. Not including extinct species.)
Snakes 73   3 76 14 46
Lizards 68   9 77 20 47
Salamanders 53   1 54 35 44
Frogs and Toads 25
(3) 5 30 4 24
Turtles
8
(1) 4 12 0 8
Totals
227
(4) 22 249
73 169



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