Amphibians & Reptiles

Amphibians, reptiles and turtles are an important part of the biodiversity of B.C.’s ecosystems. See how you can help protect them and their habitats.

What's Included

Amphibian: A class of vertebrate animal that have a two-stage life cycle. Includes frogs, toads, salamanders, and caecilians. There are about 6,000 species in the world.

Reptile: Reptiles are different than amphibians – they live in drier environments, they have scales on their skin and their eggs have shells. Reptiles include snakes and lizards.

Herpetofauna: Reptiles and amphibians of a particular region, habitat or geological period (frogs, toads, salamanders, snakes, lizards and turtles).


In B.C., more than 50% of amphibian and reptile species are of conservation concern from a variety of threats like loss of habitat, roads / traffic, pollution and disease.

Whether you have scientific training or not, help gather scientific data about amphibians in B.C. Share any information you have with the B.C. Frogwatch program.

Contact Information

Contact B.C. Frogwatch for more information.

Fax: 250 356-9145
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