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California Reptiles & Amphibians






Reptiles and Amphibians Found in the San Francisco Bay Area








Area covered here is marked in red.

These are the native and well-established alien herps that inhabit the Bay Area, which for our purposes includes the land surrounding most of the San Francisco Bay including parts of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Napa and Marin counties. In the East Bay, the range covered extends out to around Livermore, or before the mountains. As you go east into where the Coast Range meets the Central Valley, several new species occur which are not covered here. Not every animal shown here is present in every part of the Bay Area. If an animal is not found in the entire area covered here, a note is included indicating where it is found, but you should always look at the range map for each species to make sure it occurs in the area where you found it. Click on the link to see a map showing the animal's range, and to see more pictures, videos, and information that will help you with your identification. These pictures do not depict every possible variation in appearance of each species, but in some cases more than one picture is included to illustrate some of the differences.

Snakes
 
  Western Yellow-bellied Racer
Coluber constrictor mormon
Range shown in Red


Video
  Pacific Gopher Snake
Pituophis catenifer catenifer
Range shown in Red


Video
  California Kingsnake
Lampropeltis getula californiae
Range shown in Red
 
  California Mountain Kingsnake
Lampropeltis zonata
Range shown in Orange
 

California Nightsnake
Hypsiglena ochrorhyncha (torquata) nuchalata
Range shown in Green
 

Forest Sharp-tailed Snake
Contia longicaudae

Peninsula only
Range shown in Green
 

Sharp-tailed Snake
Contia tenuis
Range shown in Red


Video
  Pacific Ring-necked Snake
Diadophis punctatus amabilis
Range shown in Red


Video
  California Striped Racer
Masticophis (Coluber) lateralis lateralis

West, South, North Bay
Range shown in Red
 

Alameda Striped Racer
Masticophis (Coluber) lateralis euryxanthus

East Bay only
Range shown in Green


Video
  Coast Gartersnake
Thamnophis elegans terrestris
Range shown in Green
 
  Santa Cruz Gartersnake
Thamnophis atratus atratus

West Bay only
Range shown in Red


Video
  Diablo Range Gartersnake
Thamnophis atratus zaxanthus

East Bay only
Range shown in Blue


Video
  California Red-sided Gartersnake
Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis
Range shown in Red
 

San Francisco Gartersnake
Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia

Peninsula south of San Francisco north of Santa Cruz only
Range shown in Orange
 


Video

Northern Pacific Rattlesnake
Crotalus oreganus oreganus
Range shown in Red


Video

Western Black-headed Snake
Tantilla planiceps

South Bay and East Bay only
Range shown in Red


Video
  Long-nosed Snake
Rhinocheilus lecontei

Reported from Mt. Diablo

Range shown in Red
Lizards


Video
  San Francisco Alligator Lizard
Elgaria coerulea coerulea
Range shown in Red


Video
  California Alligator Lizard
Elgaria multicarinata multicarinata
Range shown in Red


Video
  California Legless Lizard
Anniella pulchra
Range shown in Red


Video

Blainville's (Coast) Horned Lizard
Phrynosoma blainvillii
Range shown in Red


Video
  Western Sagebrush Lizard
Sceloporus graciosus gracilis
Range shown in Green


Video
  Coast Range Fence Lizard
Sceloporus occidentalis bocourtii
Range shown in Green


Video
  Western Side-blotched Lizard
Uta stansburiana elegans
Range shown in Red
 
  Variegated Skink
Plestiodon gilberti cancellosus
Range shown in Orange


Video
  Skilton's Skink
Plestiodon skiltonianus skiltonianus
Range shown in Red


Video
  California Whiptail
Aspidoscelis tigris munda

Range shown in Orange
Turtles


Video
  Northern Pacific Pond Turtle
Actinemys marmorata marmorata
Range shown in Red (and yellow)
 

Southern Pacific Pond Turtle
Actinemys marmorata pallida
Range shown in Green (and yellow)


Video
  Red-eared Slider
Trachemys scripta elegans

(Not Native)
Range shown in Red
Frogs and Toads
speaker icon

Sound
california toad california toad california toad range map


Video

California Toad
Bufo boreas halophilus
Range shown in Red
speaker icon

Sound
frog picture range map


Video
  Sierran Treefrog     (also called Pacific Treefrog)
Pseudacris sierra
Range shown in Green
speaker icon

Sound
range map


Video
  California Red-legged Frog
Rana draytonii
Range shown in Green
speaker icon

Sound
frog picture


Video

American Bullfrog
Rana catesbeiana

(Not Native)
Range shown in Red
speaker icon

Sound
frog picture range map


Video
  Foothill Yellow-legged Frog
Rana boylii

Mostly gone, but still present in some outlying areas
Range shown in Red
speaker icon

Sound
frog picture range map


Video

Western Spadefoot
Spea hammondii

East Bay and South Bay


Range shown in Red
Salamanders


Video

Arboreal Salamander
Aneides lugubris
Range shown in Red


Video

Rough-skinned Newt
Taricha granulosa
Range shown in Red


Video

Coast Range Newt
Taricha torosa torosa
Range shown in Red


Video
  California Slender Salamander
Batrachoseps attenuatus
Range shown in Red


Video
  Yellow-eyed Ensatina
Ensatina eschscholtzii xanthoptica
Range shown in Yellow


Video
  California Giant Salamander Dicamptodon ensatus

Southern Peninsula and Marin County only
Range shown in Red
 

Santa Cruz Black Salamander
Aneides flavipunctatus niger

Southern Peninsula and Santa Cruz Mountains only
Range shown in Green


Video





California Tiger Salamander
Ambystoma californiense
Range shown in Red




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