From the Greek herpeton ("to creep"), herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians. "Herps" is the name given to those groups lumped together. The Southeast's numerous ecosystems provide habitat for hundreds of herps, including these:
UF/IFAS supports the use of many resources to learn more about reptiles and amphibians, and we've listed several on this page. However, we do not endorse any particular author, publisher, brand, company, or device.
Florida softshell turtle
Southern fence lizard
Sceloporus undulatus undulatus
Eastern spadefoot toad
Scaphiopus holbrookii holbrookii
Southern leopard frog
Rana sphenocephala utriculata
Squirrel tree frog
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