Current Scientific and Common Names of the Amphibians and Reptiles in Kansas (105 Species and Subspecies)

Note: In the list below other common or scientific names which might be found in field guides are included in parentheses.

Class Amphibia - Amphibians (30 Species and Subspecies)

Salamanders (9 Species and Subspecies)

Mole Salamanders

Barred Tiger Salamander - Ambystoma mavortium mavortium

Small-mouthed Salamander - Ambystoma texanum

Eastern Tiger Salamander - Ambystoma tigrinum


Red River Mudpuppy - Necturus maculosus louisianensis

Eastern Mudpuppy - Necturus maculosus maculosus

Lungless Salamanders

Dark-sided Salamander - Eurycea longicauda melanopleura

Cave Salamander - Eurycea lucifuga

Grotto Salamander - Eurycea spelaea


Central Newt - Notophthalmus viridescens louisianensis

Frogs & Toads (21 Species and Subspecies)

True Toads

Eastern American Toad - Anaxyrus (Bufo) americanus americanus

Dwarf American Toad - Anaxyrus (Bufo) americanus charlesmithi

Great Plains Toad - Anaxyrus (Bufo) cognatus

Western Green Toad - Anaxyrus (Bufo) debilis insidior

Red-spotted Toad - Anaxyrus (Bufo) punctatus

Woodhouse's Toad - Anaxyrus (Bufo) woodhousii woodhousii

Spadefoot Toads

Plains Spadefoot - Spea bombifrons

Narrow-mouthed Toads

Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad - Gastrophryne carolinensis

Great Plains Narrow-mouthed Toad - Gastrophryne olivacea

Cricket, Chorus, and Treefrogs

Blanchard's Cricket Frog - Acris blanchardi

Cope's Gray Treefrog - Hyla chrysoscelis

Gray Treefrog - Hyla versicolor

Spotted Chorus Frog - Pseudacris clarkii

Spring Peeper - Pseudacris crucifer

Boreal Chorus Frog - Pseudacris maculata

Strecker's Chorus Frog - Pseudacris streckeri

True Frogs

Northern Crawfish Frog - Lithobates areolatus circulosus (Rana areolata circulosa)

Plains Leopard Frog - Lithobates (Rana) blairi

American Bullfrog - Lithobates catesbeianus (Rana catesbeiana)

Northern Green Frog - Lithobates clamitans melanotus (Rana clamitans melanota)

Southern Leopard Frog - Lithobates sphenocephalus utricularius (Rana sphenocephala utricularia)

Class Reptilia - True Reptiles (75 Species and Subspecies)

Turtles (15 Species and Subspecies)

Snapping Turtles

Snapping Turtle - Chelydra serpentina

Alligator Snapping Turtle - Macrochelys temminckii

Mud & Musk Turtles

Yellow Mud Turtle - Kinosternon flavescens

Eastern Musk Turtle (Stinkpot) - Sternotherus odoratus

Box & Pond Turtles

Western Painted Turtle - Chrysemys picta bellii

Northern Map Turtle - Graptemys geographica (Common Map Turtle)

Ouachita Map Turtle - Graptemys ouachitensis

False Map Turtle - Graptemys pseudogeographica pseudogeographica

Mississippi Map Turtle - Graptemys pseudogeographica kohnii

Eastern River Cooter - Pseudemys concinna concinna

Three-toed Box Turtle - Terrapene carolina triunguis

Ornate Box Turtle - Terrapene ornata

Red-eared Slider - Trachemys scripta elegans

Softshell Turtles

Midland Smooth Softshell - Apalone mutica mutica

Western Spiny Softshell - Apalone spinifera hartwegi

Lizards (17 Species and Subspecies)

Glass Lizards

Western Slender Glass Lizard - Ophisaurus attenuatus attenuatus

Collared Lizards

Eastern Collared Lizard - Crotaphytus collaris


Mediterranean Gecko (Introduced) - Hemidactylus turcicus

Lacertid Lizards

Western Green Lizard (Introduced) - Lacerta bilineata

Northern Italian Wall Lizard (Introduced) - Podarcis sicula campestris

Earless, Horned, & Spiny Lizards

Great Plains Earless Lizard - Holbrookia maculata maculata (Northern Lesser Earless Lizard)

Prairie Earless Lizard - Holbrookia maculata perspicua (Eastern Lesser Earless Lizard)

Texas Horned Lizard - Phrynosoma cornutum

Prairie Lizard - Sceloporus consobrinus


Southern Coal Skink - Plestidon (Eumeces) anthracinus pluvialis

Five-lined Skink - Plestidon (Eumeces) fasciatus

Broad-headed Skink - Plestidon (Eumeces) laticeps

Great Plains Skink - Plestidon (Eumeces) obsoletus

Southern Prairie Skink - Plestidon (Eumeces) septentrionalis obtusirostris

Northern Prairie Skink - Plestidon (Eumeces) septentrionalis septentrionalis

Little Brown Skink (Ground Skink) - Scincella lateralis

Whiptails and Racerunners

Prairie Racerunner - Aspidoscelis sexlineata viridis

Snakes (43 Species and Subspecies)

Slender Blind Snakes

Plains Threadsnake - Rena (Leptotyphlops) dulcis dulcis (Plains Blind Snake)

Harmless Egg Laying Snakes

Kansas Glossy Snake - Arizona elegans elegans

Eastern Yellow-bellied Racer - Coluber constrictor flaviventris

Prairie Kingsnake - Lampropeltis calligaster calligaster

Speckled Kingsnake - Lampropeltis getula holbrooki

Central Plains Milksnake - Lampropeltis triangulum gentilis

Red Milksnake - Lampropeltis triangulum syspila

Eastern Coachwhip - Masticophis (Coluber) flagellum flagellum

Western Coachwhip - Masticophis (Coluber) flagellum testaceus

Northern Rough Greensnake - Opheodrys aestivus aestivus

Smooth Greensnake - Opheodrys vernalis

Great Plains Ratsnake - Pantherophis (Elaphe) emoryi

Black Ratsnake - Pantherophis obsoletus obsoletus (Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta)

Bullsnake - Pituophis catenifer sayi (Pituophis melanoleucus sayi)

Long-nosed Snake - Rhinocheilus lecontei

Variable Groundsnake - Sonora semiannulata semiannulata

Flat-headed Snake - Tantilla gracilis

Plains Black-headed Snake - Tantilla nigriceps

Harmless Live Bearing Snakes

Blotched Watersnake - Nerodia erythrogaster transversa

Northern Diamond-backed Watersnake - Nerodia rhombifer rhombifer

Northern Watersnake - Nerodia sipedon sipedon

Graham's Crayfish Snake - Regina grahamii

Texas Brownsnake - Storeria dekayi texana

Northern Red-bellied Snake - Storeria occipitomaculata occipitomaculata

Marcy's Checkered Gartersnake - Thamnophis marcianus marcianus

Orange-striped Ribbonsnake - Thamnophis proximus proximus

Plains Gartersnake - Thamnophis radix

Texas Gartersnake - Thamnophis sirtalis annectens

Red-sided Gartersnake - Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis

Lined Snake - Tropidoclonion lineatum

Rough Earthsnake - Virginia (Haldea) striatula

Western Smooth Earthsnake - Virginia valeriae elegans

Rear-fanged Snakes

Western Wormsnake - Carphophis vermis

Prairie Ring-necked Snake - Diadophis punctatus arnyi

Plains Hog-nosed Snake - Heterodon nasicus

Eastern Hog-nosed Snake - Heterodon platirhinos

Texas Nightsnake - Hypsiglena jani texana

Pit Vipers (Venomous Snakes)

Osage Copperhead - Agkistrodon contortrix phaeogaster

Western Cottonmouth - Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma

Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake - Crotalus atrox

Timber Rattlesnake - Crotalus horridus

Prairie Rattlesnake - Crotalus viridis

Prairie Massasauga - Sistrurus tergeminus tergeminus

Last updated on 9 January 2015

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