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Amphibians & Reptiles

Read how the remarkable find of 5 species of critically endangered tree frogs will influence Mexico's conservation efforts for its rare frog species!.

Learn about the Burke's research on the coastal-tailed frog, one of the specimens on display in our Wild Nearby exhibit.

Northwestern Gartersnake

Northwestern gartersnakes are the smallest gartersnake species in Washington.

Common Gartersnake

Common Gartersnake coloration varies based on locality.

Terrestrial Gartersnake

Terrestrial gartersnakes are found in southwestern Canada and western United States.

herpteology specimens in jars

Herpetology collections are accessible through the Arctos website. Search for “Amphibian and reptile specimens” under "Burke Museum."

Horned lizard sitting on a rock.

Though the lizards may seem like a portal to a bygone era, their habitat and survival faces serious threats today.

Southern Alligator Lizard

Southern alligator lizards are large, rough-scaled lizards with short limbs and a long tail.

Northern alligator lizard

Northern alligator lizards are small to medium-sized rough-scaled lizards with short limbs and a long tail.

Pygmy Short-horned Lizard

Horned lizards are rather toad-like in appearance, hence their Latin name “Phrynosoma” meaning “toad body."

Western Skink on a rock

Western Skinks tend to live near water in dry open forests, shrub-steppe, and grassland.

Northern Pacific Rattlesnake

Each time a rattlesnake sheds its skin, a new segment is added to their rattle.

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