Herpetology Species Page

These pages are the result of an assignment given in the Herpetology course Spring of 2000 at Yale University, and Spring of 2006 & 2010 at Western Connecticut State University. In future years the site will grow to include a greater diversity of amphibians and reptiles.

The students enrolled were required to design pages pertaining to their choice of an amphibian or reptile that resides in the United States, East of the Mississippi River, or Puerto Rico (denoted by asterisk*). In 2010, students were asked to update existing pages. Each set of pages contains serious scientific information (scientific journal references, location of type specimens, museum holdings, etc.) as well as information of more general interest (pictures, behavior, etc.) about the species.

Each set of pages is designed in a different style since the students were free to experiment with their format and HTML knowledge. Please note also that the pages were designed and written by individual students, and checked by the instructors. The content contained in the pages appears to be correct. We encourage visitors to email comments and constructive criticism to Dr. Theodora Pinou.

Class Amphibia

Order Common Name Scientific Name Author
(frogs and toads)
American Bullfrog Lithobates catesbeianus Susie Fehrmann
Green Frog Lithobates clamitans Catherine Gardner
Wood frog Rana sylvatica Molly Lindsey
Eastern Spadefoot Toad Scaphiopus holbrookii Ashley Lucas
Gray Treefrog Hyla versicolor Bonnie Gulas
American Toad Bufo americanus In-Kyong Kim
Spring Peeper Pseudacris crucifer Anonymous
Pickerel Frog Rana palustris Laura Smolowe
Little Grass Frog Pseudacris ocularis Daniel Meza
Northern Dusky Salamander Desmognathus fuscus Jeff Pioli
Marbled Salamander Ambystoma opacum Antony Rodolakis
Jefferson Salamander Ambystoma jeffersonionum Stephen Pohlot
Northern Redback Salamander Plethodon cinereus Kathy Ching
Northern Slimy Salamander Plethodon glutinosus Lauren Harbul
Two-lined Salamander Eurycea bislineata Kelly Denit
Blue-Spotted Salamander Eurycea bislineata Louis Auguste
Four-toed Salamander Hemidactylium scutatum Isaac Meyers
Eastern Newt Notophthalmus viridescens Sara Chen
Hellbender Cryptobranchus alleganiensis Joyce Sun
Common Mudpuppy Necturus maculosus Carolyn Sinacore
Two-toed Amphiuma Amphiuma means Alden Bass
None in the Eastern U.S. Caecilians tend to be tropical.

Class Reptilia

Order Common Name Scientific Name Author
(turtles and tortoises)
Wood Turtle Clemmys insculpta Katharine Marshall
Spotted Turtle Clemmys guttata Molly O'Leary
Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta Aliya Ercelawn
Eastern Box Turtle Terrapene carolinei Aimee Pardee
Diamondback Terrapin Malaclemys terrapin Lauren Farash
Common Musk Turtle Sternotherus odoratus Nita Madhav
Bog Turtle Glyptemys muhlenbergii Natalie Wolff
Common Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina serpentina Rebecca Lyon
Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea Sophie Chheang
Loggerhead Sea Turtle * Caretta caretta Christine Lener
Green Sea Turtle Chelonia mydas mydas Richard Emard
Hawksbill Turtle * Eretmochelys imbricata Richard Errico
Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus David Call
Alligator Snapping Turtle Macroclemys temminckii Erica Westerman
(lizards, snakes and amphisbaenians)
Northern Watersnake Nerodia sipedon Dave Gera
Eastern Garter Snake Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis Adam Kohen
Eastern Worm Snake Carphophis amoenus Azure Wells
Eastern Hognose Snake Heterodon platyrhinos Isaac Chung
Timber Rattlesnake Crotalus horridus Jonathan Kidwell
Northern Copperhead Agkistrodon contortrix mokasen Matthew Shirley
Northern Black Racer Coluber constrictor constrictor Seamus Ehrhard
Black Ratsnake Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta Ravi D'Cruz
Ringneck Snake Diadophis punctatus Susan Lee
Five-lined Skink Eumeces fasciatus Timothy Ito
Smooth Greensnake Liochlorophis vernalis Scott Cardineau
Milk Snake Lampropeltis triangulum Alice Chen
Ribbon Snake Thamnophis sauritus Kelly Levin
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake Crotalus adamanteus Jeffrey Eliason
Eastern Massasauga Sistrurus catenatus catenatus John Vanden Brooks
Eastern Coral Snake Micrurus fulvius fulvius Sang Jeong
Northern Brownsnake Storeria dekayi dekayi Erin Ehrhard
Six-lined Racerunner Cnemidophorus sexlineatus Noa Wheeler
Green Iguana * Iguana iguana Teresa Fox
(crocodiles, alligators, and gharials)
American Crocodile Crocodylus acutus Taylor Larson
American Alligator Alligator mississippiensis Michelle Lee
(the tuatara)
None in the Eastern U.S. Tuataras live only in New Zealand

Graphics credits:
walking frog: www.olywa.com/dave/graphics.htm
lizard wagging tail: www.animfactory.com
fly-catching frog: www.ece.mcgill.ca/~reach/camperweb/week6/geoffrey/yourpage.html

Webmaster: Edwin M. Wong