Madison Area Herpetological Society

Herps of Wisconsin

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!

 

Salamanders

Common Mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

Eastern Red backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

Four toed Salamander (Hemidactylium scutatum)

Status: WI Special Concern, but not threatened or endangered

Central Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens louisianensis)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

Blue spotted Salamander (Ambystoma laterale)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

Eastern Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

 

 

Frogs and Toads

Blanchard’s Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans blanchardii)

Status: WI Endangered

Western and Boreal Chorus Frog (Pseudacris triseriata and Pseudacris maculata)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

Eastern Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

Cope’s Gray Treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelis)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)

Status: Special Concern, but not threatened or endangered

Green Frog (Lithobates clamitans melanota)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

Mink Frog (Lithobates septentrionalis)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

Northern Leopard Frog (Lithobates pipiens)

Status: Common and declining, but subject to WI native species regulations

Pickerel Frog (Lithobates palustris)

Status: Special Concern, but not threatened or endangered

 

 

Turtles

Western Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta belli)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

Midland Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta marginata)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta)

Status: WI Threatened

Blanding’s Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)

Status: WI Threatened

Northern Map Turtle (Graptemys geographica)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

Ouachita Map Turtle (Graptemys ouachitensis)

Status: Locally Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

False Map Turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica)

Status: WI Special Concern, but not threatened or endangered

Ornate Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata ornata)

Status: WI Endangered

Midland Smooth Softshell (Apalone mutica)

Status: WI Special Concern, but not threatened or endangered

Spiny Softshell (Apalone spinifera)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

Common Musk Turtle/Stinkpot (Sternotherus odoratus)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

Eastern Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina serpentina)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

 

 

Lizards

Northern Prairie Skink (Plesteiodon septentrionalis)

Status: Locally Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

Five lined Skink (Plesteiodon fasciatus)

Status: Locally Common to Uncommon, and subject to WI native species regulations

Western Slender Glass Lizard (Ophisaurus attenuatus attenuatus)

Status: WI Endangered

Prairie Racerunner (Aspidoscelis sexlineata viridis)

Status: Locally Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

 

 

Snakes

Northern Red bellied snake (Storeria occipitomaculata)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

DeKay’s/Brown snake (Storeria dekayi)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

Common Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis ssp.)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

Plains Gartersnake (Thamnophis radix)

Status: WI Special Concern, but not threatened or endangered

Butler’s Gartersnake (Thamnophis butleri)

Status: WI Threatened

Northern Ribbon snake (Thamnophis sauritus sauritus)

Status: WI Endangered

Western Ribbon snake (Thamnophis proximus proximus)

Status: WI Endangered

Eastern Milk snake (Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

Lined Snake (Tropidoclonion lineatum)

Status: Currently undetermined

Queen snake (Regina septemvittata)

Status: WI Endangered

Northern Water snake (Nerodia sipedon sipedon)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

Midland/Gray Ratsnake (Scotophis spiloides)

Status: WI Special Concern and Protected, but not threatened or endangered

Fox Snake (Mintonius vulpinus)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

Smooth Greensnake (Liochlorophis vernalis)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

Prairie Ringneck snake (Diadophis punctatus arnyi)

Status: WI Special Concern, but not threatened or endangered

Northern Ringneck snake (Diadophis punctatus edwardsii)

Status: WI Special Concern, but not threatened or endangered

Bullsnake (Pituophis catenifer sayi)

Status: WI Special Concern and Protected, but not threatened or endangered

Eastern Hognose snake (Heterodon platirhinos)

Status: Common, but subject to WI native species regulations

Racer (Coluber constrictor ssp.)

Status: WI Special Concern and Protected, but not threatened or endangered

Eastern Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus) *Venomous

Status: WI Endangered

Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) *Venomous

Status: Special Concern and Protected, but not threatened or endangered