A Field Guide to the
Amphibians and Reptiles of Wyoming

From the exploits of a male tiger salamander courting his mate,
to the theatrical performance of a hog-nosed snake pretending it's dead
- this Wyoming nature guide is a good read for all!


A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Wyoming



What's the quick & easy way to identify Wyoming's snakes, lizards & turtles?


How can you tell the difference between toad and frog eggs?


Is the Horny Toad really a lizard? Can they squirt blood from their eyes or is it a myth?


How many kinds of venomous snakes in Wyoming are there?


What frogs are safe to kiss?


"Yippie Ki-Ay"
This natural history book on Wyoming's amphibians and reptiles answers (all but one of) these questions - and more!



This up-to-date field guide features the biology, behavior, natural history, and detailed descriptions of the 42 species and subspecies of amphibians and reptiles calling Wyoming their home - including the two new species just added to the state's life list and documented in 2010.

Comprehensive and artistic, this photo-filled guide uses a 4-page layout for each species account to display the more than 280 full-color photographs showing key details for accurate identification, habitats where these animals live, and uniquely revealing up-close views of their character and charm. Accompanying the text and photos for each species is a color range map indicating its geographic distribution in Wyoming.

From salamanders, spadefoots, toads and frogs to turtles, lizards and snakes, this delightfully narrated guide to the amphibians and reptiles is essential to amateur naturalists, avid herpetologists, and anyone interested in the outdoors wanting, or needing, to learn more about these lesser known treasures of Wyoming's wildlife.


Click this link to the Amphibian Key to identify and view images and video of Wyoming Amphibians.

Click this link to the Reptile Key to identify and view images and video of Wyoming Reptiles.


Excerpt from: Great Basin Spadefoot - Spea intermontanus

... In Wyoming it is found in the Great Divide Basin (Wyoming Basin, Red Desert Basin), encompassing all of Sweetwater County with extensions into Lincoln, Carbon, Fremont, and Natrona counties. It inhabits the basins, floodplains, alkali flats, greasewood, and sagebrush communities of the desert and prairie life zones at elevations between 5,000 and 6,500 feet. It prefers the temporary waterholes of cut-bank channels and oxbow pools formed by intermittent streams, the puddles of playas and low lying depressions, and little kettle holes associated with spring seeps ...