Reptiles & Amphibians
Find information about a variety of reptiles and amphibians found in Massachusetts.
Although amphibians and reptiles, two ancient groups of vertebrates (animals with backbones), may seem to resemble each other, they differ in a number of important features of physiology, development, and life cycle. Learn more >
The Herpetological Atlas Project was a seven-year effort, running from 1992 through 1998, to document the distribution of amphibians and reptiles in Massachusetts. Learn more >
Salamanders are amphibians and there are four different families of species in Massachusetts including: newts, mudpuppies, and lungless salamanders. One of our most common species, the Spotted Salamander, belongs to the fourth family—the mole salamanders. Learn more >
Frogs are a familiar part of the wildlife of Massachusetts, and they’re found all across the state. Because of their diverse habitat needs and sensitive skin, these amphibians are good indicators of the health of our environment. Learn more >
Snakes are reptiles, like turtles and lizards. Early snakes first appeared during the time of the dinosaurs, and they now live on every continent except Antarctica.Though snakes often get a bad rap, the vast majority of species aren’t venomous. They also provide a valuable service by eating potential pests, like mice and slugs. Learn more >