Amphibians and Reptiles of South Dakota

Welcome to the Amphibians and Reptiles of South Dakota! Here, you will find species accounts for all 45 species of amphibians and reptiles found in the state. We encourage the use of this website as a tool to provide information about South Dakota amphibians and reptiles and to assist in their identification. Should users have questions about the identifications of amphibians or reptiles or content found on this website, please contact me.

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Recent News:

18 October 2018

  • 110 new records of amphibians and reptiles have been added to the database (HerpMapper and DRD Field Series), most from recent fieldwork along the James River in southeastern South Dakota. Included are new county records for Snapping Turtle (Hutchinson), Smooth Softshell (Corson), and Gophersnake (Hutchinson).

16 October 2018

  • 52 new records of amphibians and reptiles have been imported from iNaturalist. Included are new county records for Snapping Turtle (Meade) and Spiny Softshell (Grant).

29 August 2018

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Map

Number of known species per county in South Dakota. Map generated from data collected from voucher specimens and photographic records. See About for additional information.

Salamanders
Frogs and Toads
Turtles
Lizards
Snakes