Reptiles and Amphibians


  • American Bullfrog

    The American bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) lives near bodies of water, preferably shallow. Bullfrogs are nocturnal carnivores that hunt prey such as insects, fish, rodents, and birds. They are not picky about what they eat, and will sample just about anything that fits in their mouths.

    Grades: 6-12
  • American Green Tree Frog

    One of the most common house pets in the United States is the American green tree frog (Hyla cinerea). These frogs have a white or creamy strip down the side of their bodies, which range from a bright lime green to a dark olive. Most changes in the frog’s coloration are due to environment, mood, or need for camouflage.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Bird-Voiced Tree Frog

    The bird-voiced treefrog (Hyla avivoca) is found throughout the southeastern United States, living in swamps, wetlands, and brushy areas around water. Its back is green, brown, or grey; it is spotted gray or brown along its sides; and it has a lighter area just beneath its eyes.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Black Rat Snake

    The black rat snake (Elaphe obsoleta) is one of the longest snakes in North America. They are excellent climbers capable of finding prey in very tall trees. Their diet consists of small animals, such as birds, chipmunks, and mice.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Common Snapping Turtle

    The common snapping turtle is one of the largest and most aggressive turtles. Snapping turtles live in muddy lakes and ponds, usually dwelling along the bottom waiting to ambush prey as they swim by. These turtles will eat just about anything: fish, frogs, snakes, small mammals, and aquatic plants.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Copperhead Snake

    The copperhead snake (Agkistrodon contortrix) is a common snake in the eastern United States. Copperheads are poisonous, but their venom is rarely fatal. They prefer to avoid humans; but unlike other snakes, rather than slithering away, they will stay perfectly still to avoid being seen.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Eastern American Toad

    The Eastern American toad (Bufo americanus americanus) ranges across most of the eastern United States and Canada, from mid-Georgia and Alabama to northern Ontario, and Kansas to Virginia. Though the species is found over a wide area, individual toads stay in the same place their entire lives.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Eastern Box Turtle

    The Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina) is a small- to medium-sized land turtle. Mature turtles reach up to eight inches in length. They are one of two types of box turtles found in the United States, the other being the Western box turtle.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Eastern Fence Lizard

    The Eastern fence lizard (Sceloporus undulates) is a common sight in the eastern United States. It is also called prairie lizard, fence swift, or gray lizard. The females often have a black horizontal pattern on their back, and the males have blue patches on their chin and underside.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Painted Turtle

    The painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) is found from southern Canada through northern Mexico and is one of the most common North American turtles. It thrives in calm, shallow freshwater with plenty of thick mud. In cold months, painted turtles burrow into the mud to hibernate.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Queen Snake

    The queen snake (Regina septemvittata) is a non-venomous snake found in North America. Their color ranges from grey-brown to olive green with a yellowish stripe on the lower side of their body. As the snake matures, this coloring may become less vivid.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Red-Eared Slider

    The red-eared slider (Chrysemys scripta elegans) is native to the southern United States. However, this turtle can now be found all over the U.S. and the world due to its popularity as a pet. Red-eared sliders spend most of their time in water, but they do like to sit on land or rocks in the sun.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Timber Rattlesnake

    The timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) is a venomous rattlesnake found in the eastern United States. Although these snakes are highly venomous, they should not be feared. They prefer to hide from both prey and predators and will try to escape danger rather than fight off an attacker.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Water Moccasin

    Water moccasins (Agkistrodoon piscivorus) are the only poisonous water snake native to the southern United States. They’re commonly found in swamps, streams, marshes, and drainage ditches rather than in fast-moving or deep water.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Yellow-Bellied Slider

    The yellow-bellied slider (Chrysemys scripta scripta) is an aquatic turtle that grows eight to 10 inches in length. Females are generally larger than males. The bottom portion of this slider’s shell is mostly yellow, while the upper shell is black and brown with some yellow markings as well.

    Grades: 6-12

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