Amphibians & Reptiles of Montgomery County


Amphibians and reptiles are cold-blooded vertebrates (having a backbone) and are collectively called herpetofauna or "herps" for short. Although they are often discussed together, and some may even look similar, there are several differences between reptiles and amphibians.



Includes Frogs, Salamanders and Toads

  • Have four limbs

  • Have moist glandular skin

  • Have no scales, feathers, hair, or claws

  • Spend all or part of their lives in water

Image of Wood Frog Wood Frog



Includes Snakes, Lizards and Turtles

  • Have scales, shields, scutes, or plates

  • Have claws on their toes

  • Have lungs


Image of Garter Snake Eastern Gartersnake


View a list of the amphibian and reptile species of Montgomery County (PDF, 52KB)


Where Can I find Amphibians and Reptiles?

Montgomery County is home to almost 60 species of amphibians and reptiles. The best way to find them is to get outside and look! Here is a guide on how to find these animals in the wild: