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Herpetology. Spring 2004. Pennsylvania\'s Herpetofauna (Translation: Our state’s reptiles & amphibians). Frogs & Toads 16 species Salamanders 22 “ Turtles 13 “ Lizards 5 “ Snakes 21 “. Salamanders. Salamander Life Cycle. Spermataphores. Salamander Eggs. Salamander Larvae.

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Herpetology

Spring 2004

pennsylvania s herpetofauna translation our state s reptiles amphibians
Pennsylvania\'s Herpetofauna(Translation: Our state’s reptiles & amphibians)
  • Frogs & Toads 16 species
  • Salamanders 22 “
  • Turtles 13 “
  • Lizards 5 “
  • Snakes 21 “
bufonidae toads
Bufonidae: Toads

Warts: one or two in each large spot.

Three+ in each large spot.

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Turtles

  • All lay eggs on land
  • No parental care
  • In PA
    • 10 genera
    • 13 species & subspecies
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carapace

plastron

snapping turtle chelydra serpentina56
Snapping TurtleChelydra serpentina
  • long tail
  • serrate carapace (may be worn)
  • reduced, cross-shaped plastron
stinkpot or musk turtle sternotherus oderatus
Stinkpot or Musk TurtleSternotherus oderatus
  • domed carapace
  • 3-4 inches in length
  • emit foul musk from upper shell border
  • slow, shallow streams & rivers
e mud turtle kinosternon subrubrum
E. Mud TurtleKinosternon subrubrum

Extirpated? Removed from PA Endangered list

spotted turtle clemmys guttata
Spotted TurtleClemmys guttata
  • Yellow spots on dark carapace
  • marshes, bogs, wooded swamps
wood turtle clemmys insculpta
Wood TurtleClemmys insculpta
  • sculpted carapace
  • terrestrial
  • formerly a ‘meat turtle’
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