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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 (3rd 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

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Most recent website update: 4/14/14

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