Species List – Reptiles and Amphibians

All of these pictures were taken by me, here on our farm. You can click on the thumbnails to see a larger picture.

I got the Latin names from the Audubon Society’s Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of North America (1979), and from Alan Tennant’s Texas Snakes (2006), so names may have changed since those publication dates.

Species sightings Notes
1 Lesser Siren  Seen twice, both times they were dead. Siren intermedia aquatic salamanders

Lesser Siren

Lesser Siren

2 Green Treefrog  Seen occasionally, heard often. Hyla cinerea treefrogs
 green treefrog
3 Gray Treefrog  Never seen until 2015, then they were everywhere. Hyla versicolor or Hyla chrysoscelis treefrogs
 gray treefrog Could be Cope’s Gray Treefrog – they are identical except for chromosome count and trill.
4 Western Chorus Frog  I hear them seasonally but don’t see them. Pseudacris triseriata
5 Northern Cricket Frog  Common, heard more than seen. Acris crepitans treefrogs
 northern cricket
6 Southern Leopard Frog Common in 2015. Rana sphenocephala true frogs
southern leopard
7 Bullfrog A few here all the time. Rana catesbeiana true frogs
 bullfrog
8 Gulf Coast Toad  Extremely common. Bufo valliceps toads
 Gulf Coast toad
9 Red-eared Slider  Extremely common. Chrysemys scripta
 red eared  baby slider
10 Eastern Box Turtle  Seen occasionally. Terrapene carolina
 box turtle
11 Ornate Box Turtle Only seen once in 6 years. Terrapene ornata
 ornate box
12 mystery turtle
13 Snapping Turtle  Seen rarely. Chelydra serpentina
14 Anole  Usually green, can change to brown or tan Anolis carolinensis
 green anole  anole
15 Mediterranean House Gecko  Exotic, only seen once in 6 years Hemidactylus turcicus
 gecko
16 Ground Skink  Common. Very tiny, about 3″. Scincella lateralis
 skink
17 Texas Brown Snake  Only seen once in six years. Very small, about 10″.  Storeria dekayi texana  small burrowing snakes
 brown  brown close up
18 Western Ribbon Snake  Seen occasionally.  Thamnophis proximus proximus  lined, garter, and ribbon snakes
 ribbon
19 Diamond-backed Water Snake Seen rarely.  Nerodia rhombifer rhombifer aquatic snakes

juvenile

juvenile

20 Blotched Water Snake Seen once. Nerodia erthrogaster transversa aquatic snakes

juvenile

juvenile

21 Broad-banded Water Snake  Seen yearly, usually in April, sometimes more often.  Nerodia fasciata confluens  aquatic snakes
 broad banded  broad close up  water snake
22 Eastern Yellow-bellied Racer  Speckled when young, plain gray w/ yellow belly when adult.  Seen occasionally.  Coluber constrictor flaviventris  whipsnakes, racers, and indigo snakes
 baby racer
22 Eastern Hog-nosed Snake  Seen fairly often.  Shed skins found yearly.  Heterodon platyrhinos brown-blotched terrestrial snakes
 2 hognose
23 Texas Rat Snake  Seen fairly often.  Elaphe obsoleta lindheimerii  rat snakes
 rat snake
24 Prairie Kingsnake  Seen only once in six years.  Lampropeltis calligaster calligaster  large kingsnakes
 king snake  king close up
25 Texas Coral Snake  Seen four times in seven years.  Micrurus fulvius tener  coral snakes
 coral
26 Southern Copperhead  Seen occasionally.  Agkistrodon contortrix contortrix  moccasins
 copperhead