San Francisco's Amphibians & Reptiles





Checklist of San Francisco Amphibians & Reptiles



  • Arboreal Salamander    Aneides lugubris
  • California Slender Salamander    Batrachoseps attenuatus
  • Yellow-eyed Salamander    Ensatina eschscholtzi xanthoptica
  • Coast Range Newt    Taricha torosa torosa


Frogs & Toads

  • California Toad    Bufo boreas halophilus
  • Pacific Treefrog    Hyla regilla
  • Red-legged Frog    Rana aurora draytonii
  • Bullfrog*    Rana catesbeiana



  • Western Pond Turtle    Emys marmorata
  • Red-eared Slider*    Trachemys scripta
  • Soft-shell Turtles*    Apalone sp.



  • Western Fence Lizard    Sceloporus occidentalis
  • Western Skink    Eumeces skiltonianus
  • Southern Alligator Lizard    Elgaria multicarinata
  • Northern Alligator Lizard    Elgaria coerulea



  • Ring-necked Snake    Diadophis punctatus
  • Common Racer    Coluber constrictor
  • Gopher Snake    Pituophis catenifer
  • Santa Cruz Gartersnake    Thamnophis atratus
  • Coast Gartersnake    Thamnophis elegans


* introduced


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Note: common names can vary.


photo by H.W. Greene, CalPhotos

The Arborial Salamander occurs in San Francisco including the Farallone Islands.

Arboreal Salamander

Aneides lugubris


< photo by Dan Mulcahy

California Slender Salamander

Batrachoseps attenuatus

The California Slender Salamander is a common salamander that is often found under logs and other items in people's backyards.


photo by Dan Mulcahy

photo by Michelle Koo

Yellow-eyed Salamander

Ensatina eschscholtzi xanthoptica


photo by Dan Mulcahy

Coast Range Newt

Taricha torosa torosa


photos by Dan Mulcahy

California Toad

Bufo boreas halophilus

The California Toad is San Francisco's only toad.


photo by Dan Mulcahy

The Pacific Tree Frog is often heard croaking in moist wooded areas where it occurs.

Pacific Treefrog

Pseudacris regilla



photos by Dan Mulcahy

Red-legged Frog

Rana aurora draytonii

The Red-legged Frog is federally protected throughout its range. It has been severely impacted by the introduction of the Bullfrog from the East Coast.


photo by Dan Mulcahy


Rana catesbeiana


photos by Dan Mulcahy

Western Pond Turtle

Emys marmorata


photo by Pierre Fidenci

photo by Dan Mulcahy

Red-eared Slider

Trachemys scripta


The Red-eared Slider looks a lot like the Western Pond Turtle, but the slider is not native to San Francisco and is outcompeting the Western Pond Turtle in many areas including ponds in Golden Gate Park.



photo by Wayne Van Devender, CalPhotos

Soft-shell Turtles

Apalone sp.


photos by Dan Mulcahy

Western Fence Lizard

Sceloporus occidentalis


photos by Dan Mulcahy


Western Skink

Eumeces skiltonianus



photos by Dan Mulcahy

Southern Alligator Lizard

Elgaria multicarinata


photos by Dan Mulcahy

Northern Alligator Lizard     

Elgaria coerulea



photo by Dan Mulcahy



Ring-necked Snake

Diadophis punctatus



photo by Dan Mulcahy

Common Racer

Coluber constrictor


photos by Dan Mulcahy



Gopher Snake

Pituophis catenifer



photos by Dan Mulcahy


Santa Cruz Gartersnake

Thamnophis atratus



photos by Dan Mulcahy



Coast Gartersnake

Thamnophis elegans




Checklist, photos & maps provided to the SFPS by Dan Mulcahy.

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Note: image at the top is of a San Francisco Garter Snake. Despite its name, this snake does not occur naturally in San Francisco County. They can be seen as captives at the San Francisco Zoo. This snake is a subspecies of Thamnophus sirtalis. The San Francisco Garter Snake is on the U.S. Endangered Species List. This snake has had its habitat greatly reduced by urban expansion in San Mateo County where it still has a remnant populaton.