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Reptiles and Amphibians

What is a herp?
From the Greek herpeton (to creep), herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians. “Herps” is the name given to those groups lumped together.

Florida’s numerous ecosystems provides habitat for hundreds of herps, including these that you might find at Madera:


Southeastern five-lined skink
Eumeces inexpectatus


Florida box turtle
Terrapene carolina bauri
Photo: USGS


Brown anole
Anolis sagrei

* non-native

Photo courtesy of Travis Blunden. Green anole
Anolis carolinensis
Photo courtesy of Travis Blunden.


Southern fence lizard
Sceloporus undulatus undulatus

Photo courtesy of Scott Ballard.

Broadhead skink
Eumeces laticpes
Eastern spadefoot toad
Scaphiopus holbrookii holbrookii
Southern toad
Bufo terrestris
Photo courtesy of Dave Lattart, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Southern leopard frog
Rana sphenocephala utriculata
Photo courtesy of Travis Blunden.
Squirrel tree frog
Hyla squirella


Herp guides

Checklist of Florida Amphibians and Reptiles

Online Guide to the Snakes of Florida

Frogs and Toads of Florida


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