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A Guide to the Amphibians
and Reptiles of California


California's Reptile and Amphibian Diversity








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According to my count, as of August 2018, at least 249 forms of reptiles and amphibians can be found established in the wild in California including 73 endemics (found only in California) and 22 documented alien species. 4 Species once present are now considered extinct in the state.

"Forms" includes subspecies.
(If a species is divided into several subspecies and 3 subspecies are found in California, then that counts as 3 forms.)

(Go here to see a list of currently undescribed herps and some that could occur in California.)

Taxonomy is always changing so these totals will continually change with the discovery of new species and subspecies, or with the re-classification of species and subspecies. I will keep updating this list as changes happen.




Reptiles and Amphibians Currently Established in California

 
Separate counts already included in the main count or not relevant

Native
Species and Subspecies



Established
Non-native Species


(Does not include non-native species not yet documented as established.)
Total Native and Non-native Species and Subspecies Native Species Only
(not subspecies)

(Not including species now probably extinct in California.)
Endemic Forms

(Probably Extinct Forms)

(These are found on my state lists but probabaly no longer can be found in the state so they were not counted in the totals.)
Snakes 73 3 76 46 14  
Lizards 68 12 80 47 20  
Salamanders 54 1 55 45 36  
Frogs and Toads 25
5 30 24
4 (3)
Turtles
8
4 12 8
0 (1)
Totals
228 Forms
25 Non-natives 253 Total
170 Species
74 Endemics (4) Extinct

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