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Reptiles and Amphibians

of Texas

Texas Herp

“Texas Herp” is devoted to appreciating and learning about the herpetofauna, or “herps,” of Texas.  Our state is home to 284 varieties of frogs, salamanders, snakes, lizards, turtles, and the American alligator, according to Dixon’s Amphibians & Reptiles of Texas (Third Edition). These animals are beautiful, fascinating, and most of them are harmless.  They play important roles in the systems of plants and animals that are essential to life.

The Texas Herp website also hopes to inspire an appreciation for and an interest in learning about the various places where these animals live. From the forests and wetlands of the Big Thicket to the deserts and mountains of the Big Bend, our state has an amazing diversity of life and landscapes.  From the Llano Estacado of northwest Texas to the thorn scrub at the bottom of the state, there is a lot to see and experience.

Eastern collared lizard on a boulder, Palo Duro Canyon

© 2014, Michael Smith, all rights reserved.

Most recent website update: 5/7/14

Texas Field Notes © Michael Smith & Clint King.

This website is not a complete reference on every species and subspecies in Texas. Instead, it is a place to learn about some of the major kinds of reptiles and amphibians, including our venomous species. It may be useful for those who are just learning about these animals or who are ready to give field herping a try. The site will highlight some conservation issues, provide some information about good places to go looking and photographing, and will show visitors where to get more information. There is a guide to identifying venomous snakes on the Venomous Snakes page. Readers who want to download issues of Texas Field Notes (a pdf journal of essays and observations of wildlife and wild places in Texas) can do so on the Texas Field Notes page.

Timber rattlesnake from Wise County

River cooters on the San Gabriel River