Amphibians and Reptiles of Louisiana

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2018 Checklist of Amphibians and Reptiles of Louisiana (PDF)

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SPECIES ACCOUNTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION!!!

Class Amphibia

Order Anura (Frogs and Toads)

Order Caudata (Salamanders)

Class Reptilia

Order Crocodilia (Alligators and Crocodiles)

Order Squamata: Suborder Lacertilia (Lizards)

Order Squamata: Suborder Serpentes (Snakes)

Order Testudines (Turtles)


*All scientific and standard English names in these lists are the names recognized by Crother (2017) for the full species. For subspecies information, click on the individual links to the species of interest. For example, in Louisiana, we have the Dwarf American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus charlesmithi). However, on the lists as well as the names on the parish record maps there will be just American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus).

Crother (2017) states that it is difficult to discern what subspecies to place our introduced Brown Anole, Anolis sagrei, as there is evidence of multiple introductions from Cuba and perhaps the Bahamas. I have chosen to not assign a subspecies until there is further clarification.

Although some sources may include the Texas Horned Lizard, Phrynosoma cornutum, in the native fauna of Louisiana, I have chosen not to do so here. Due to the popularity of the species in the pet trade, it is frequently released well outside its native range, especially in large urban areas, and is likely the explanation behind the Louisiana records (Dundee and Rossman 1989). If an established population is found within the state, I will then include the species in this checklist like I have other introduced species.


Literature Cited

Crother, B.I. (Ed.). 2017. Scientific and Standard English Names of Amphibians and Reptiles
          of North America North of Mexico, pp. 1-102. SSAR Herpetological Circular 43.

Dundee, H.A., and D.A. Rossman. 1989. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Louisiana.
          Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge.


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