A Guide to the Amphibians
and Reptiles of California

Some Things We Need for this Web Site -
Can you help?

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There are still many pictures and sounds that I would like to have to illustrate California's reptiles and amphibans on this site. Many of these are not easy to find. If you have pictures or sounds of any of the following animals, or anything else that you notice the site is lacking, or anything showing interesting herp behavior such as mating, feeding, fighting, etc. that you'd be willing to send, please contact me.

Pictures Needed

Pictures of any unusually-patterned or colored herps, such as albino, leucistic, piebald, or melanistic animals.

Pictures of any herps from any of the Channel Islands.

Pictures of Anacapa, San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Catalina, San Clemente, and San Nicolas Islands - to use as habitat pictures.

Any herps from areas that are not shown here or especially those that are from areas not shown on my range maps.


Bright Green Northern Pacific Rattlesnakes. I keep hearing reports of these being seen, from Oregon on down to Morro Bay, and I have a few pics of green rattlesnakes, but none are as bright as reported.

Common Gartersnakes from southern California (south coast gartersnake).

Common Gartersnakes from the eastern parts of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

Mountain Gartersnakes from the San Bernardino Mountains.

Melanistic Two-striped Gartersnake from Catalina Island.

Red or green phase Two-striped Gartersnake from the Piru River in Ventura County.

Striped morph California Lyre Snake from the Pisgah Lava Flow in San Bernardino County or anywhere else.
(I finally received a picture of one of these, but I'd like to see others.)

Other black or unusually dark snakes from black lava flows in the desert.

Melanistic Sierra Gartersnake from Plum Creek, Tehama County.

Pictures of any snakes that are breeding or feeding or engaged in other interesting behavior.

Pictures of wrestling male rattlesnakes.

Pictures of snake eggs.

Pictures of rattlesnakes around the entrance to a den.


Pictures of any breeding or fighting lizards and any lizards with their eggs, or just pictures of any lizard eggs that can be identified, preferably with something in the picture to show their size.

Black or unusually dark lizards from black lava flows in the desert.

More pictures of non-native geckos other than Mediterranean Geckos found in the wild in California.

A side-by-side comparison of male and female alligator lizard heads (looked down at from above.)

A close-up of the back of a Colorado Tree Lizard, Urosaurus ornatus symmetricus.

Pictures or reports of whiptails from the northeastern part of California. Some maps show them throughout this area, others don't. I've been up there a few times but haven't ever seen one in the area. I'd like to see some proof that they are there.


Pictures of any sea turtles in any California waters or on any California beaches.

Pictures of Pacific Hawksbill Sea Turtles from anywhere. (I have no pics of live turtles!)


Pictures of two of the new species of Shasta Salamanders, and their habitat - the Wintu Shasta Salamander and the Shasta Salamander.

Desert Slender Salamander (Batrachoseps major aridus).

Coastal Giant Salamander eggs (Dicamptodon tenebrosus).

California Giant Salamander eggs (Dicamptodon ensatus).

Southern Torrent Salamander eggs (Rhyacotriton variegatus).

Pictures of the eggs of any California salamander.

Pictures of a (large-spotted) Arboreal Salamander from the Gabilan Mountains.


Couch's Spadefoots from California.

California Treefrog (Pseudacris cadaverina) eggs.

Arizona Toad (Bufo microscaphus) eggs and tadpoles.

Sonoran Desert Toad (Bufo alvarius) eggs and tadpoles.

Northern Leopard Frog (Rana pipiens) tadpoles.

Southern Mountain Yellow-legged Frog (Rana muscosa) eggs and tadpoles.

Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana) eggs.

Scat and other Signs

Some might think this web site is already full of too much fecal material, but nevertheless, if you have any photos of herp scat that you have positively identified and want to sling my way, I'd be most obliged. And if you have pictures of other evidence of herps I don't have - burrows, tracks, footprints, shed skin, or even real signs, like those on my signs page, let me know.


Southern Mountain Yellow-legged Frog (Rana muscosa) breeding calls.

Ensatina defensive hissing sounds.

Northwestern Salamander defensive ticking sounds.

Long-toed Salamander squeaks and clicking sounds. 

Bullfrog screaming sounds.

Any other interesting herp sounds I don't have here yet.

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