Songs With Herps (Reptiles and Amphibians)


(Alphabetically Listed by Band Name / Artist Last Name)



     
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Herp Songs
with Comments and Lyrics
Herp Songs
Listed by Song Title
Herp Songs
Listed by Artist Name


These are songs that mention reptiles and amphibians, aka herps. A few are all about herps, but most just reference a herp in some way or use a herp as a metaphor, and a few just use the sounds of calling Pacific Treefrogs. Some of these are good songs worth repeated listening, others are only curiosities, and some are just plain bad.

There aren't too many songs that are specifically about herps, but there must be a thousand songs with a mention of a snake in the lyrics, and another thousand mentioning alligators, frogs, lizards and turtles, etc. (Salamander mentions are rare, as most people hardly know what they are.) It would be pointless to try to include all of those songs on this list, especially since you can find lists like that on Wickipedia and elsewhere. So I will only list a few songs that I have heard and think are worth at least a listen, at least for the sake of novelty, if not necessarily the music. Links to song versions on YouTube are included if I can find them, but beware that the links might be broken since music videos are often removed from that site for copyright reasons.

The songs are listed alphabetically by band name or artist last name, not by title. I'll add new songs to the list as I discover them. Let me know if there's something that's not here that should be. The lyrics come from the Internet, and we all know how unreliable that can be. Also, some of these songs may contain explicit lyrics that are not mentioned in the descriptions here.

The lyrics quoted here are all the property and copyright of their owners and are provided here for educational purposes only.
Shortcuts to Band Name or Artist Last Name

(Ignore articles at the beginning of the name such as "The" or "A".)
 
Artist Song Title  (click the link to listen to the song) Information & Lyrics
 
A
Aerosmith Rattlesnake Shake Information and Lyrics
America Ventura Highway Information and Lyrics
Terry Allen and the Panhandle Mystery Band The Heart of California (for Lowell George) Information and Lyrics
Anonymous Sma Grodorna (Small Frogs) Information and Lyrics
     
B
Wendy Jane Bantam Rattlesnake Kate Information and Lyrics
The Beatles Happiness is a Warm Gun Information and Lyrics
The Beatles Hey Bulldog Information and Lyrics
Beck Dead Melodies Information and Lyrics
Big Thief Sparrow Information and Lyrics
Blind Boy Fuller I'm a Rattlesnakin' Daddy Information and Lyrics
Blind Lemon Jefferson That Black Snake Moan Information and Lyrics
Blitzen Trapper Furr Information and Lyrics
Bow Wow Wow Go Wild in the Country Information and Lyrics
Bow Wow Wow Where's My Snake? Information and Lyrics
The Breeders Sinister Foxx Information and Lyrics
Oscar Brown Jr. The Snake Information and Lyrics
Jimmy Buffett Off to See the Lizard Information and Lyrics
Bush Tetras Snakes Crawl Information and Lyrics
     
C
Calexico Ballad of Cable Hogue Information and Lyrics
Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan Snake Song Information and Lyrics
Cardi B (featuring Megan Thee Stallion) WAP Information and Lyrics
Bobby Charles Later Alligator Information and Lyrics
Clifton Chenier Black Snake Blues Information and Lyrics
The Cherry Poppin' Daddies Here Comes the Snake Information and Lyrics
Eric Church Homeboy Information and Lyrics
Eric Church The Snake Information and Lyrics
Frank Churchill and Jack Lawrence Never Smile at a Crocodile Information and Lyrics
Elizabeth Cook Snake in the Bed Information and Lyrics
The Ry Cooder Band Hold That Snake Information and Lyrics
Alice Cooper Snakebite Information and Lyrics
Crazy Frog Axel F. Information and Lyrics
Culture Club Karma Chameleon Information and Lyrics
The Cure The Snakepit Information and Lyrics
     
D
Ronnie Dawson Snake Man Information and Lyrics
The Dead Milkmen Big Lizard Information and Lyrics
Bo Diddley Who Do You Love? Information and Lyrics
The Doobie Brothers Cotton Mouth Information and Lyrics
The Doobie Brothers Snake Man Information and Lyrics
The Doors Celebration of the Lizard Information and Lyrics
The Doors The End Information and Lyrics
Dr. Bombay Shaky Snake Information and Lyrics
Drilo Crocodylia Information and Lyrics
Duran Duran Union of the Snake Information and Lyrics
     
E
The Earl Brothers Rattlesnake Poison Information and Lyrics
Steve Earle Snake Oil Information and Lyrics
Electric Light Orchestra Don't Bring Me Down Information and Lyrics
     
F
Fairport Convention Tam Lin Information and Lyrics
Federal Civil Defense Administration Duck and Cover Information and Lyrics
Fleetwood Mac The Rattlesnake Shake Information and Lyrics
Foxboro Hot Tubs Alligator Information and Lyrics
Nelly Furtado Turn Off the Light Information and Lyrics
     
G
Peter Gabriel Kiss That Frog Information and Lyrics
Charlotte Gainsbourg Voyage Information and Lyrics
Grandaddy Broken Household Appliance National Forest Information and Lyrics
Woody Guthrie Froggie Went a Courtin' Information and Lyrics
     
H
Bill Haley & His Comets See You Later Alligator Information and Lyrics
Tom T. Hall Sneaky Snake Information and Lyrics
PJ Harvey Snake Information and Lyrics
Clarence Frogman Henry I Ain't Got No Home Information and Lyrics
John Hiatt Snake Charmer Information and Lyrics
The Hold Steady A Snake in the Shower Information and Lyrics
Sterling Holloway Trust in Me (The Python's Song) Information and Lyrics
Hoodoo Rhythm Devils Bullfrog Holler Information and Lyrics
Hoodoo Rhythm Devils Snake Doctor Information and Lyrics
John Lee Hooker Black Snake Information and Lyrics
John Lee Hooker Crawling King Snake Information and Lyrics
Harlan Howard
The Everglades
Information and Lyrics
Ray Wylie Hubbard Snake Farm Information and Lyrics
Dick Hyman Doin' the Chameleon Information and Lyrics
     
I
Iron & Wine Cinder and Smoke Information and Lyrics
     
J
Jethro Tull Salamander Information and Lyrics
Jethro Tull Bungle in the Jungle Information and Lyrics
Justin Johnson Rattlesnake Percussion Guitar Solo Information and Lyrics
Lonnie Johnson Black Snake Blues Information and Lyrics
Lonnie Johnson & Victoria Spivey Garter Snake Blues Information and Lyrics
Luther "Snakeboy" Johnson They Call Me The Snake Information and Lyrics
     
K
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Rattlesnake Information and Lyrics
The Kingston Trio The Everglades Information and Lyrics
Krokus Rattlesnake Rumble Information and Lyrics
     
L
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions Rattlesnakes Information and Lyrics
     
M
The Magnetic Fields Boa Constrictor Information and Lyrics
Aimee Mann Simple Fix Information and Lyrics
Kate Mann Rattlesnake On The Road Information and Lyrics
Del McCoury Band Snake in the House Information and Lyrics
John McCormack
(and many others)
Molly Brannigan Information and Lyrics
Dave Matthews Band Alligator Pie Information and Lyrics
Meat Puppets The Monkey and the Snake Information and Lyrics
Lucas Miller Anaconda La Bamba Information and Lyrics
Nicki Minaj Anaconda Information and Lyrics
Motley Crue Rattlesnake Shake Information and Lyrics
Motorhead Love Me Like a Reptile Information and Lyrics
Motorhead Snake Bite Love Information and Lyrics
The Mountain Goats Birth of Serpents Information and Lyrics
     
N
Neck Deep Serpents Information and Lyrics
Willie Nelson Down in the Everglades Information and Lyrics
     
P
Charley Patton Rattlesnake Blues Information and Lyrics
Paulette Sisters Never Smile at a Crocodile Information and Lyrics
Neyla Pekarek The Attack Information and Lyrics
Neyla Pekarek Better Than Annie Information and Lyrics
Phish The Lizards Information and Lyrics
Cole Porter You're The Top Information and Lyrics
Charlie Pride Information and Lyrics
Prince Horny Toad Information and Lyrics
     
R
Rathergood.com The Axolotyl Song Information and Lyrics
Rattlesnake Annie Rattlesnakes and Rusty Water Information and Lyrics
Jerry Reed Amos Moses Information and Lyrics
R.E.M. The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight Information and Lyrics
The Replacements Rattlesnake Information and Lyrics
David Rovics Alligator Song Information and Lyrics
     
S
Sadurn Snake Information and Lyrics
St. Vincent Rattlesnake Information and Lyrics
The Saints (I'm) Stranded Information and Lyrics
Carter Sampson Rattlesnake Kate Information and Lyrics
Alberto Scarfagna The Lizard Song Information and Lyrics
Seals and Crofts Cotton Mouth Information and Lyrics
Shel Silverstein Boa Constrictor Information and Lyrics
Sturgill Simpson Turtles All The Way Down Information and Lyrics
Sturgill Simpson Pan Bowl Information and Lyrics
Siouxsie and the Banshes Burn Up Information and Lyrics
Skid Row Rattlesnake Shake Information and Lyrics
Smiling Bill Carlisle Copper Head Mama Information and Lyrics
Elliott Smith Twilight Information and Lyrics
Chris Smither Origin of Species Information and Lyrics
The Sons of the Pioneers Chuckawalla Swing Information and Lyrics
Soundgarden Black Hole Sun Information and Lyrics
Soundgarden Get On The Snake Information and Lyrics
Kelly Spicer Rattlesnake Kate Information and Lyrics
Victoria Spivey Black Snake Blues Information and Lyrics
Jim Stafford Spiders and Snakes Information and Lyrics
Macie Stewart (featuring Sen Morimoto) Garter Snake Information and Lyrics
Stephen Stills Dreaming of Snakes (Demo) Information and Lyrics
Styx The Serpent is Rising Information and Lyrics
     
T
Tear Ducks Reptile Information and Lyrics
Three Dog NIght Joy to the World Information and Lyrics
Throwing Muses Snakeface Information and Lyrics
     
V
Mamie Van Doren Salamander Information and Lyrics
Sharon Van Etten Serpents Information and Lyrics
Townes Van Zandt Black Widow Blues Information and Lyrics
Townes Van Zandt Information and Lyrics
     
W
Waka Flocka Flame (featuring Cartier Kitten) Snakes in the Grass Information and Lyrics
M. Ward He Asked Me to Be a Snake and Live Underground Information and Lyrics
Western Melody Makers Who Put the Turtle in Myrtle's Girdle Information and Lyrics
Tony Joe White Polk Salad Annie Information and Lyrics
Sonny Boy Williamson II Fattening Frogs for Snakes Information and Lyrics
Willard Grant Conspiracy Rattle and Hiss Information and Lyrics
Al Wilson The Snake Information and Lyrics
Bill Withers Grandma's Hands Information and Lyrics
Wu-Tang Clan Black Mamba Information and Lyrics
     
Y
Neil Young Spirit Road Information and Lyrics
Youth Lagoon 17 Information and Lyrics
     
Z
Frank Zappa Baby Snakes Information and Lyrics



























































 
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