Amphibians and Reptiles

The study of amphibians and reptiles is the branch of biology known as herptology. Although they are distinct groups of animals, they share some characteristics and together are often referred to as "herps".

We have not carried out any formal studies of the "herps" of the Boquet River. This is unfortunate because they are an important group of animals whose numbers worldwide appear to be declining and they may act as indicators of various environmental problems.

This list of species for the Boquet River watershed below comes from the New York State Natural Heritage Program, but is supplemented by species we have observed in the watershed. Other species may also be present.


Jefferson Salamander, Amblystoma jeffersonianum x laterale
Spotted Salamander, Amblystoma maculatum
Northern Dusky Salamander, Desmognathus fuscus
Allegheny Dusky Salamander, Desmognathus ochrophaeus
Two Lined Salamander, Eurycea bislineata
Northern Spring Salamander, Gyrinophilus porphyriticus porphyriticus
Mudpuppy, Necturus maculosus
Newt, Notopthalamus viridescens viridescens
Red Backed Salamander, Plethodon cinereus


Eastern American Toad, Bufo americanus americanus


Gray Treefrog, Hyla versicolor/chrysocelis
Spring Peeper, Pseudacris crucifer crucifer
Chorus Frog, Pseudacris triseriata
Bullfrog, Rana catesbeiana
Green Frog, Rana clamitans melanota
Pickrel Frog, Rana palustris
Northern Leopard Frog, Rana pipiens
Mink Frog, Rana septentrionalis
Wood Frog, Rana sylvatica


Snapping Turtle, Chelydra serpentina serpentina
Painted Turtle, Chrysemys picta
Wood Turtle, Clemmys insculpta
Map Turtle, Graptemys geographica


Timber Rattlesnake, Crotalis horridus
Northern Ring Necked Snake, Diadolphis punctatus edwardsii
Eastern Milk Snake, Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum
Northern Water Snake, Nerodia sipedon sipedon
Smooth Green Snake, Opheodrys vernalis
Northern Brown Snake, Storeria dekayi dekayi
Northern Red Bellied Snake, Storeria occipitomaculata occipitomaculata
Ribbon Snake, Thamnopis sauritus
Garter Snake, Thamnopis sirtalis


Five-Lined Skink, Eumeces fasciatus
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