Amphibians and Reptiles of Long Island,
Staten Island and Manhattan

References: where to go for more information

For more information about these species, please consult the following books which you can get through your local library:

  • Peterson’s Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of eastern/central North America. By R. Conant and J.T. Collins. The Peterson Field Guide Series. Houghton Mifflin Company. 1998.

    This is the "bible" of North American herpetology. Great guide to natural history, identification, etc.
  • The Audubon Society Field Guied to North American Reptiles & Amphibians. By J. Behler and F.W. King. Chanticleer Press. 1989.

    This is a nice handy field guide with lots of good pictures.
  • Herpetology. Prentice Hall. Edited by F.H. Pough et al. 1998.

    This is a standard textbook for academic study of amphibians and reptiles.
  • A Key to Amphibians & Reptiles. R. Powell, J.T. Collins and E.D. Hooper, Jr. University Press of Kansas. 1998.

    This is an excellant key to all the reptiles and amphibians of North America. Animal in hand, you can figure out what it is.
  • The Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians. Edited by H.G. Cogger and R.G. Zwiefel. 1998.

    Nice coffee table book with lots of pretty pictures, but also amazingly athoritative.

For information about frog call surveys in this area, contact North American Amphibian Monitoring Program. The local frog call survey coordinator is Dr. Russell Burke ( To report deformed frogs contact NARCAM.

Locality records for New York reptiles and amphibians are being constantly compiled and updated by the NYS Herpetological Atlas Program. Please contact them if you find any unusual species of reptile or amphibian, or any species in an unusual place.

Sea turtle sightings and beachings should be reported as soon as possible to NYS Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding Program at (516) 369-9829.