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Amphibians and Reptiles of Jokers Hill

Updated: September 14, 2020

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King Township, Regional Municipality of York
(second edition)

Tubba Babar and Peter M. Kotanen*

Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, ON, Canada L5L 1C6
*Correspondence author. e-mail: peter.kotanen@utoronto.ca

The first edition of this list was compiled by C. Sean Blaney and was published as an appendix to his M.Sc. thesis (Blaney C.S. 1999. Seed bank dynamics of native and exotic plants in open uplands of southern Ontario. University of Toronto. https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/handle/1807/14382/). It subsequently was formatted for the web by P.M. Kotanen and made available on the Koffler Scientific Reserve website (http://ksr.utoronto.ca/), where it was revised periodically to reflect additions and taxonomic changes. This second edition represents a major revision reflecting recent phylogenetic and nomenclatural changes and adding additional species ; it will be updated periodically.

This list is based on observations at this site by C.S. Blaney, P.M. Kotanen, and others beginning in 1997, supplemented with observations by property manager W. Fox between 1971 and 1998. Phylogenetic classification and scientific and English nomenclature follow the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR) North American Species Names Database (https://ssarherps.org/publications/north-american-checklist/).

The list includes all amphibians and reptiles observed within the Koffler Scientific Reserve during the observation period. All of the 10 amphibians and 6 reptiles listed are locally native. Information on any additional species (preferably with photographs) would be welcomed by the authors.

Clicking on the latin binomial of each species will bring you to GBIF occurrence records for that species.

Scientific NameCommon Name
Ambystomatidae(Mole Salamanders)
           Ambystoma maculatum (Shaw)Spotted Salamander
           Notophthalmus viridescens (Rafinesque)Red-spotted Newt
Plethodontidae(Lungless Salamanders)
           Plethodon cinereus (Green)Red-backed Salamander
           Anaxyrus americanus (Holbrook)American Toad
           Hyla versicolor LeConteGray Treefrog
           Pseudacris crucifer (Wied-Neuwied)Spring Peeper
Ranidae(True Frogs)
           Lithobates catesbeianus (Shaw)Bull Frog
           Lithobates clamitans (Latreille)Green Frog
           Lithobates pipiens (Schreber)Leopard Frog
           Lithobates sylvaticus (LeConte)Wood Frog
Chelydridae(Snapping Turtles)
           Chelydra serpentina (Linnaeus)Snapping Turtle
Emydidae(Box & Water Turtles)
           Chrysemys picta (Schneider)Painted Turtle
           Emydoidea blandingii (Holbrook)Blanding’s Turtle
Colubridae(Colubrid Snakes)
           Diadophus punctatus (Linnaeus)Ring-necked Snake
           Storeria occipitomaculata (Storer)Red-bellied Snake
           Thamnophis sirtalis (Linnaeus)Garter Snake

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