San Francisco's Amphibians & Reptiles

 

SFPS

 

 

Checklist of San Francisco Amphibians & Reptiles

 

Salamanders

  • Arboreal Salamander    Aneides lugubris
  • California Slender Salamander    Batrachoseps attenuatus
  • Yellow-eyed Salamander    Ensatina eschscholtzi xanthoptica
  • Coast Range Newt    Taricha torosa torosa

 

Frogs & Toads

  • California Toad    Bufo boreas halophilus
  • Pacific Treefrog    Hyla regilla
  • Red-legged Frog    Rana aurora draytonii
  • Bullfrog*    Rana catesbeiana

 

Turtles

  • Western Pond Turtle    Emys marmorata
  • Red-eared Slider*    Trachemys scripta
  • Soft-shell Turtles*    Apalone sp.

 

Lizards

  • Western Fence Lizard    Sceloporus occidentalis
  • Western Skink    Eumeces skiltonianus
  • Southern Alligator Lizard    Elgaria multicarinata
  • Northern Alligator Lizard    Elgaria coerulea

 

Snakes

  • Ring-necked Snake    Diadophis punctatus
  • Common Racer    Coluber constrictor
  • Gopher Snake    Pituophis catenifer
  • Santa Cruz Gartersnake    Thamnophis atratus
  • Coast Gartersnake    Thamnophis elegans

 

* introduced

 

Click on common names below for more information on species from enature.com.

Note: common names can vary.

 

photo by H.W. Greene, CalPhotos

The Arborial Salamander occurs in San Francisco including the Farallone Islands.

Arboreal Salamander

Aneides lugubris

 

< photo by Dan Mulcahy

California Slender Salamander

Batrachoseps attenuatus

The California Slender Salamander is a common salamander that is often found under logs and other items in people's backyards.

 

photo by Dan Mulcahy

photo by Michelle Koo

Yellow-eyed Salamander

Ensatina eschscholtzi xanthoptica

 

photo by Dan Mulcahy

Coast Range Newt

Taricha torosa torosa

 

photos by Dan Mulcahy

California Toad

Bufo boreas halophilus

The California Toad is San Francisco's only toad.

 

photo by Dan Mulcahy

The Pacific Tree Frog is often heard croaking in moist wooded areas where it occurs.

Pacific Treefrog

Pseudacris regilla

 

 

photos by Dan Mulcahy

Red-legged Frog

Rana aurora draytonii

The Red-legged Frog is federally protected throughout its range. It has been severely impacted by the introduction of the Bullfrog from the East Coast.

 

photo by Dan Mulcahy

Bullfrog

Rana catesbeiana

 

photos by Dan Mulcahy

Western Pond Turtle

Emys marmorata

 

photo by Pierre Fidenci

photo by Dan Mulcahy

Red-eared Slider

Trachemys scripta

 

The Red-eared Slider looks a lot like the Western Pond Turtle, but the slider is not native to San Francisco and is outcompeting the Western Pond Turtle in many areas including ponds in Golden Gate Park.

 

 

photo by Wayne Van Devender, CalPhotos

Soft-shell Turtles

Apalone sp.

 

photos by Dan Mulcahy

Western Fence Lizard

Sceloporus occidentalis

 

photos by Dan Mulcahy

 

Western Skink

Eumeces skiltonianus

 

 

photos by Dan Mulcahy

Southern Alligator Lizard

Elgaria multicarinata

 

photos by Dan Mulcahy

Northern Alligator Lizard     

Elgaria coerulea

                    

 

photo by Dan Mulcahy

 

 

Ring-necked Snake

Diadophis punctatus

 

 

photo by Dan Mulcahy

Common Racer

Coluber constrictor

 

photos by Dan Mulcahy

 

 

Gopher Snake

Pituophis catenifer

 

 

photos by Dan Mulcahy

 

Santa Cruz Gartersnake

Thamnophis atratus

 

 

photos by Dan Mulcahy

 

 

Coast Gartersnake

Thamnophis elegans

 

 

 

Checklist, photos & maps provided to the SFPS by Dan Mulcahy.

No duplication of photos without consent of photographer(s).

Maps generated using www.herpnet.org .

 

 

Note: image at the top is of a San Francisco Garter Snake. Despite its name, this snake does not occur naturally in San Francisco County. They can be seen as captives at the San Francisco Zoo. This snake is a subspecies of Thamnophus sirtalis. The San Francisco Garter Snake is on the U.S. Endangered Species List. This snake has had its habitat greatly reduced by urban expansion in San Mateo County where it still has a remnant populaton.