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.