Madison Area Herpetological Society

Native Species 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!



Common Mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus)

Eastern Red backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus)

Four toed Salamander (Hemidactylium scutatum)

Eastern, or Central Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens)

Blue spotted Salamander (Ambystoma laterale)*And Complex

Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum)

Eastern Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum)


Frogs and Toads

Blanchard’s Cricket Frog (Acris blanchardii)

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

Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)

Eastern Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor) and Cope’s Gray Treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelis)

American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus)

American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)

Green Frog (Lithobates clamitans)

Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus)

Mink Frog (Lithobates septentrionalis)

Northern Leopard Frog (Lithobates pipiens)

Pickerel Frog (Lithobates palustris)



Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)

North American Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta)

Blanding’s Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)

Northern Map Turtle (Graptemys geographica)

Southern/Ouachita Map Turtle (Graptemys ouachitensis)

False Map Turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica)

Ornate/Plains Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata)

Midland Smooth Softshell (Apalone mutica)

Spiny Softshell (Apalone spinifera)

Common Musk Turtle/Stinkpot (Sternotherus odoratus)

Eastern Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

Pond Slider (Trachemys scripta)


Northern Prairie Skink (Plesteiodon septentrionalis)

Common Five lined Skink (Plesteiodon fasciatus)

Western Slender Glass Lizard (Ophisaurus attenuatus)

Six Lined Racerunner (Aspidoscelis sexlineata ssp.)


Red-Bellied Snake (Storeria occipitomaculata)

DeKay’s Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi)

Common Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis)

Plains Gartersnake (Thamnophis radix)

Butler’s Gartersnake (Thamnophis butleri)

Northern/Eastern Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus)

Western/Orange Striped Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus)

Eastern Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum)

Lined Snake (Tropidoclonion lineatum)

Queen Snake (Regina septemvittata)

Common Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon)

Midland/Gray Ratsnake (Pantherophis spiloides)

Eastern Fox Snake (Pantherophis vulpinus)

Smooth Greensnake (Opheodrys vernalis)

Western Worm Snake (Carphophis vermis)

Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus)

Bullsnake/Gophersnake (Pituophis catenifer)

Eastern Hognose Snake (Heterodon platirhinos)

North American Racer (Coluber constrictor)

Eastern Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus) *Venomous

Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) *Venomous