Below are all of the species of reptiles and amphibians right here in Wisconsin. These animals can be found right in your back yard, or down near a local pond. Click on the name for more information. For a fun family outing, make a checklist of these animals and see how many you can find and take pictures of in their natural habitat!
To add to the fun of field herping (looking for reptiles and amphibians in their natural habitat, kind of like bird watching, but way more fun!), here is the “Beginner’s Guide to Field Herping” and the “Wisconsin Herpetological Phenology.” The “Beginner’s Guide to Field Herping” is a great description of how to start finding these amazing creatures along with a few points of how to do it without negatively impacting the environment. The “Wisconsin Herpetological Phenology” is an amazing guide to which species of reptiles and amphibians will be out during which seasons of the year. It also gives great descriptions along with pictures, so you can accurately identify which species you’ve found!
Frogs and Toads
Eastern Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus) *Venomous
Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) *Venomous