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Pennsylvania Native Reptile & Amphibian Species

Links below lead to (NS). Scientific names used by NS are not always consistent with the Commission's (PFBC) naming conventions of PA native herptiles. NatureServe links are provided for informational purposes (natural history, distribution, threats information). Always reference the PFBC names as these are tied to our fishing & boating regulations.

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SALAMANDERS – Order Caudata
spacer Giant Salamanders - Family Cryptobranchidae
  spacer Common Name Scientific Name PA Status
    Eastern Hellbender Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis S
spacer Mudpuppy Salamanders - Family Proteidae
    Mudpuppy Necturus maculosus S
spacer Mole Salamanders - Family Ambystomatidae
    Jefferson Salamander Ambystoma jeffersonianum S
    Blue-spotted Salamander Ambystoma laterale E
    Spotted Salamander Ambystoma maculatum A
    Marbled Salamander Ambystoma opacum S
spacer Newts - Family Salamandridae
    Eastern Red-Spotted Newt Notophthalmus viridescens viridescens A
spacer Lungless Salamanders - Family Plethodontidae
    Green Salamander Aneides aeneus T
    Northern Dusky Salamander Desmognathus fuscus A
    Seal Salamander Desmognathus monticola A
    Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander Desmognathus ochrophaeus A
    Northern Two-lined Salamander Eurycea bislineata A
    Longtail Salamander Eurycea longicauda longicauda A
    Northern Spring Salamander Gyrinophilus porphyriticus porphyriticus A
    Four-toed Salamander Hemidactylium scutatum A
    Eastern Redback Salamander Plethodon cinereus A
    Northern Slimy Salamander Plethodon glutinosus A
    Valley and Ridge Salamander Plethodon hoffmani S
    Wehrle's Salamander Plethodon wehrlei A
    Northern Ravine Salamander Plethodon electromorphus S
    Eastern Mud Salamander Pseudotriton montanus montanus E
    Northern Red Salamander Pseudotriton ruber ruber A
FROGS AND TOADS – Order Salientia
spacer Spadefoots - Family Pelobatidae
  spacer Common Name Scientific Name PA Status
    Eastern Spadefoot Scaphiopus holbrookii E
spacer Toads - Family Bufonidae
    Eastern American Toad Anaxyrus americanus americanus–PFBC
Bufo americanus americanus–NS
    Fowler's Toad Anaxyrus fowleri–PFBC
Bufo fowleri–NS
spacer Treefrogs - Family Hylidae
    Northern Cricket Frog Acris crepitans E
    Eastern Gray Treefrog Hyla versicolor A
    Mountain Chorus Frog Pseudacris brachyphona S
    Spring Peeper Pseudacris crucifer A
    Upland Chorus Frog Pseudacris feriarum S
    New Jersey Chorus Frog Pseudacris kalmi E
    Western Chorus Frog Pseudacris triseriata S
spacer True Frogs - Family Ranidae
    Bullfrog Lithobates catesbeianus–PFBC
Rana catesbeiana–NS
    Northern Green Frog Lithobates clamitans melanota–PFBC
Rana clamitans–NS
    Pickerel Frog Lithobates palustris–PFBC
Rana palustris–NS
    Northern Leopard Frog Lithobates pipiens–PFBC
Rana pipiens–NS
    Wood Frog Lithobates sylvaticus–PFBC
Rana sylvatica–NS
    Southern Leopard Frog Lithobates sphenocephalus utricularius–PFBC
Rana sphenocephala–NS

TURTLES – Order Testudines
spacer Snapping Turtles - Family Chelydridae
  spacer Common Name Scientific Name PA Status
    Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina A
spacer Musk and Mud Turtles - Family Kinosternidae
    Eastern Mud Turtle Kinosternon subrubrum subrubrum S
    Eastern Musk Turtle Sternotherus odoratus A
spacer Pond, Marsh and Box Turtles - Family Emydidae
    Midland Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta marginata A
    Eastern Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta picta A
    Spotted Turtle Clemmys guttata S
    Wood Turtle Glyptemys insculpta S
    Bog Turtle Glyptemys muhlenbergii E
    Blanding's Turtle Emydoidea blandingii C
    Map Turtle Graptemys geographica A
    Eastern Redbelly Turtle Pseudemys rubriventris T
    Eastern Box Turtle Terrapene carolina carolina S
spacer Softshell Turtles - Family Trionychidae
    Eastern Spiny Softshell Apalone spinifera spinifera A
LIZARDS – Order Squamata
spacer Lizards - Family Phrynosomatidae
  spacer Common Name Scientific Name PA Status
    Eastern Fence Lizard Sceloporus undulatus   S
spacer Skinks - Family Scincidae
    Northern Coal Skink Plestiodon anthracinus anthracinus S
    Five-lined Skink Plestiodon fasciatus A
    Broadhead Skink Plestiodon laticeps C
SNAKES – Order Squamata
spacer Colubrid Snakes - Family Colubridae
  spacer Common Name Scientific Name PA Status
    Eastern Worm Snake Carphophis amoenus amoenus–PFBC
Carphophis amoenus–NS
    Kirtland's Snake Clonophis kirtlandii E
    Northern Black Racer Coluber constrictor constrictor A
    Northern Ringneck Snake Diadophis punctatus edwardsii A
    Eastern Ratsnake Pantherophis alleghaniensis–PFBC
Elaphe obsoleta–NS
    Eastern Hognose Snake Heterodon platirhinos S
    Eastern Milksnake Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum A
    Northern Water Snake  Nerodia sipedon sipedon A
    Rough Green Snake Opheodrys aestivus E
    Queen Snake Regina septemvittata S
    Northern Brown Snake Storeria dekayi dekayi A
    Northern Redbelly Snake Storeria occipitomaculata occipitomaculata A
    Shorthead Garter Snake Thamnophis brachystoma S
    Eastern Ribbon Snake Thamnophis sauritus S
    Eastern Garter Snake  Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis A
    Eastern Smooth Earth Snake Virginia valeriae valeriae–PFBC
Virginia valeriae–NS
    Mountain Earth Snake Virginia pulchra–PFBC
Virginia valeriae pulchra–NS
    Smooth Green Snake Liochlorophis vernalis S
spacer Pit Vipers - Family Viperidae
    Copperhead Agkistrodon contortrix S
    Timber Rattlesnake Crotalus horridus C
    Eastern Massasauga Sistrurus catenatus catenatus E


C=Candidate Species
E=Endangered Species
S=Species of special concern, rare, not common due to one or more of the following factors:

range restriction,
population decline,
limited distribution,
direct threats from habitat alteration,

T=Threatened Species

NS=Nature Serve
PFBC=Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission

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