Reptile and Amphibians from Baja California

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This is a list of the Reptiles and Amphibians from Baja California for which I have photographs. It is not a complete list of herps found in Baja California.

The names used here mostly follow those used in this book: Grismer, L. Lee. Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California, Including its Pacific Islands and the Islands in the Sea of Cortes. The University of California Press, 2002, with a few changes to species found on the SSAR List.

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Scientific Name Common Name Original Description
Anura Frogs Duméril, 1806 (as Anoures)
Anaxyrus North American Toads Tschudi, 1845
Anaxyrus punctatus
(=Bufo punctatus)
Red-spotted Toad (Baird and Girard, 1852)
Lithobates American Water Frogs Fitzinger, 1843
Lithobates catesbeianus  
(=Rana catesbeiana)

(Alien Species)
American Bullfrog (Shaw, 1802)
Pseudacris Chorus Frogs Fitzinger, 1843
Pseudacris Hypochondriaca Baja California Treefrog (Hallowell, 1854)
Squamata Lizards Oppel, 1811
Anniella North American Legless Lizards Gray, 1852
Anniella geronimensis
Baja California Legless Lizard Shaw, 1940
Aspidoscelis  (=Cnemidophorus) Whiptails Fitzinger, 1843
Aspidoscelis carmenensis Isla Carmen Whiptail (Dickerson, 1919)
Aspidoscelis hyperythra Orange-throated Whiptail (Cope, 1863)
  Aspidoscelis hyperythra hyperythra Orange-throated Whiptail (Cope, 1863)
Aspidoscelis labialis Baja California Whiptail (Stejneger, 1890)
Aspidoscelis maxima Cape Giant Whiptail (Cope , 1864)
Callisaurus Zebra-tailed Lizards Blainville, 1835
Callisaurus draconiodes Zebra-tailed Lizard Blainville, 1835
  Callisaurus draconoides carmenensis
Carmen Island Zebra-tailed Lizard Dickerson, 1919
  Callisaurus draconoides crinitus
Viscaino Zebra-tailed Lizard Cope, 1896
  Callisaurus draconoides draconoides Zebra-tailed Lizard Blainville, 1835
Coleonyx Banded Geckos Gray, 1845
Coleonyx variegatus Western Banded Gecko (Baird, 1859 “1858”)
  Coleonyx variegatus abbotti
San Diego Banded Gecko Klauber, 1945
Ctenosaura Spiny-tailed Iguanas Wiegmann, 1828
Ctenosaura hemilopha
Cape Spiny-tailed Iguana Cope, 1863
Dipsosaurus Desert Iguanas Hallowell, 1854
Dipsosaurus dorsalis dorsalis
Northern Desert Iguana (Baird and Girard, 1852)
Dipsosaurus dorsalis lucasensis
San Lucan Desert Iguana Van Denburgh, 1920
Petrosaurus Banded Rock Lizards Boulenger, 1885
Petrosaurus mearnsi Mearns' Rock Lizard (Stejneger, 1894)
  Petrosaurus mearnsi mearnsi Mearns' Rock Lizard 
(Stejneger, 1894)
Petrosaurus repens Central Baja California Banded Rock Lizard (Stejneger, 1894)
Petrosaurus thallassinus San Lucan Banded Rock Lizard (Cope, 1863)
Phrynosoma Horned Lizards Wiegmann, 1828
Phrynosoma coronatum
Coast Horned Lizard Blainville, 1835
Phyllodactylus Leaf-toed Geckos Gray, 1828
Phyllodactylus nocticolus
Peninsular Leaf-toed Gecko Dixon, 1964
Phyllodactylus unctus San Lucan Leaf-toed Gecko Cope, 1864
Phyllodactylus xanti Cape Leaf-toed Gecko Cope, 1863
Sauromalus Chuckwallas Duméril, 1856
Sauromalus ater Common Chuckwalla Duméril, 1856
Sauromalus hispidis
Spiny Chuckwalla Stejnegeri, 1891
Sauromalus slevini
Slevin's Chuckwalla Van Denburgh, 1922
Sauromalus varius San Esteban Chuckwalla 
(San Esteban Island Chuckwalla)
(Isla Esteban Chuckwalla)
Dickerson, 1919
Sceloporus Spiny Lizards Wiegmann, 1828
Sceloporus angustus
Isla Santa Cruz Spiny Lizard Dickerson, 1919
Sceloporus hunsakeri
Hunsaker's Spiny Lizard Hall & Smith, 1979
Sceloporus licki Cape Spiny Lizard Van Denburgh, 1895
Sceloporus orcutti Granite Spiny Lizard Stejneger, 1893
Urosaurus Tree and Brush Lizards Hallowell, 1854
Urosaurus lahtelai Baja California Brush Lizard Rau & Loomis, 1977
Urosaurus nigricaudus
Baja California Brush Lizard (Cope, 1864)
Uta Side-blotched Lizards Baird and Girard in Stansbury 1852
Uta stansburiana
Side-blotched Lizard Baird and Girard, 1852
Xantusia NIght Lizards Baird, 1859 “1858”
Xantusia wigginsi Wiggins' Night Lizard Savage, 1952
Squamata Snakes Oppel, 1811
Bogertophis Desert Ratsnakes Dowling and Price, 1988
Bogertophis rosaliae
Baja California Rat Snake (Mocquard, 1899)
Chilomeniscus Sandsnakes Cope, 1860
Chilomeniscus stramineus
Variable Sand Snake Cope, 1860
Coluber North American Racers,
Coachwhips and Whipsnakes
Linnaeus, 1758
Coluber fuliginosus
(= Masticophis fuliginosus)
Baja California Coachwhip (Cope, 1895)
Crotalus Rattlesnakes Linnaeus, 1758
Crotalus angelensis
Isla Angel de la Guarda Rattlesnake Klauber, 1963
Crotalus catalinensis
Isla Catalina Rattlesnake Cliff, 1954
Crotalus enyo Baja California Rattlesnake Cope, 1861
Crotalus mitchellii Speckled Rattlesnake (Cope, 1861)
  Crotalus mitchellii mitchellii San Lucan Speckled Rattlesnake (Cope, 1861)
Crotalus ruber Red Diamond Rattlesnake Cope, 1892
Lampropeltis Kingsnakes Fitzinger, 1843
Lampropeltis californiae
California Kingsnake (Blainville, 1835)
Lichanura Rosy Boas Cope, 1861
Lichanura trivirgata 
Rosy Boa  
Mexican Rosy Boa
Baja Rosy Boa
(Cope, 1861)
Pituophis Bull Snakes, Pine Snakes,
and Gopher Snakes
Holbrook, 1842
Pituophis catenifer Gopher Snake (Blainville, 1835)
  Pituophis catenifer vertebralis Baja California Gopher Snake Hirschkorn & Skubowius, 2011
Thamnophis North American Gartersnakes Fitzinger, 1843
Thamnophis valida West Coast Gartersnake (Kennicott, 1860)
  Thamnophis valida celaeno
West Coast Gartersnake
(Cape Gartersnake)
(Cope, 1860)
Testudines Turtles Linnaeus, 1758
Actinemys Western Pond Turtles Agassiz, 1857
Actinemys pallida Southern Western Pond Turtle (Seeliger 1945)
Trachemys Sliders Agassiz, 1857
Trachemys nebulosa Baja California Slider (Van Denburgh, 1895)
Chelonia Green Sea Turtles Brongniart, 1800
Chelonia mydas Green Seaturtle (Linnaeus, 1758)
Amphisbaenidae Worm Lizards  
Bipedidae Two-legged Worm Lizards Taylor, 1951
Bipes Two-legged Worm Lizard Latreille, 1801
Bipes biporus Five-toed Worm Lizard Cope, 1894

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