A Guide to the Amphibians
and Reptiles of California

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Don't ask me for information about pet herps - caring for pets, buying and selling animals, or getting rid of unwanted herps.

Don't ask for help finding herps in the wild
. I will can't give you herping locations or help you plan your herping trip.

If you have a lot of pictures you want to contribute to the site, contact me first before sending them.

For Help Identifying a Reptile or Amphibian

Email a picture of the animal, if you have one, for the best results (or a short video if that's all you have) and please


The closest city or town, will do. I don't need a gps location or zip code.
I get email from all over the world so this can help a lot with an identification.

It helps if you can give me a general description of the animal - the color, markings, shape and size, when you saw it (day or night), where it was (in water, on land, on a wall or rock or tree etc.), and what it was doing - coiled up, moving quickly or slowly, etc.

You can also use the Identification section to try to identify an animal yourself.

Pictures of unusual animals or animals found where they're not supposed to be, including escaped or abandoned pets, are also welcome, so feel free to send reports and questions and pictures of those also.

Using Pictures, Sounds, or Videos found on this Web Site

Click the link above for info.

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