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Amphibians & Reptiles

Publications / Documents

A Picta Worth a Thousand Words: Portrait of a Painted Turtle (WEB ONLY)
Brochure on one of Pennsylvania's most popular turtles: The Painted Turtle.  
Minimum grade level: MS-HS  

Amphibian Acoustics Activity (WEB ONLY)
The calls of frogs and toads.  
Minimum grade level: ES  

Amphibian Quiz (WEB ONLY)
Identification worksheet. Identify common species of frogs, toads and salamanders.  
Minimum grade level: ES  

Beautiful Bufo (WEB ONLY)
Information on the three kinds of toads found in Pennsylvania, their life history and identification. 
Minimum grade level: ES-MS

Birth of a Snake (FACT SHEET)
Fact sheet describes type reproduction of snakes; viviparous, oviparous, ovoviviparous.  
Minimum grade level: ES  

Bog Turtles: Slipping Away (WEB ONLY)
Brochure on biology and ecology of bog turtle. Includes information on causes of population decline and Commission efforts to protect and restore bog turtles.  
Minimum grade level: MS  

Frog and Toad Metamorphosis (WEB ONLY)
This fact sheet shows the steps in metamorphosis from egg through adult stages.  
Minimum grade level: ES-MS  

Lizards and Skinks of Pennsylvania (FACT SHEET)
Identifies lizards and skinks found in PA. Includes photos, food, habitat, range, characteristics and identification of lizards and skinks found in PA.  
Minimum grade level: MS  

The March Migration Madness (WEB ONLY)
Amphibians migration to vernal ponds.  
Minimum grade level: MS  

Moles in the Pool: Spotted Salamanders (WEB ONLY)
Brochure about the spotted salamanders. Their identification, habitat and future.  
Minimum grade level: MS-HS

Northern Copperhead (WEB ONLY)
Biology and ecology of the northern copperhead. Includes information on habitat, reproduction and range.
Minimum grade level: MS

PA Amphibian Family Tree (WEB ONLY)
Taxonomic tree of Pennsylvania's amphibians.  
Minimum grade level: MS  

PLAY: Introduction to Amphibians (WEB ONLY)
PLAY brochure containing the following articles: Introduction to Amphibians, PA Amphibian Family Tree, What is an Amphibian?, The March Migration Madness, Where do Amphibians Live? and Amphibian Acoustics Activity  
Minimum grade level: ES-HS  

PLAY: Introduction to Reptiles (WEB ONLY)
PLAY brochure about what a reptile is, turtles, a reptile family tree, snakes and the law concerning reptiles. Also includes a reptile game and classroom experiment.  
Minimum grade level: ES-HS

Salamanders of Pennsylvania (WEB ONLY)
17 x 22 inch color poster showing the variety of salamanders found in Pennsylvania.
Minimum grade level: ES-HS

Seeing Spots: The Northern Leopard Frog (WEB ONLY)
Brochure on biology and ecology of the northern leopard frog. Includes information on habitat, reproduction and range.  
Minimum grade level: MS  

Snakes in Basements and Buildings (WEB ONLY)
How to discourage, in an environmentally friendly way, snakes from entering homes and other buildings.  
Minimum grade level: ES-MS

Snakes in Pennsylvania (FACT SHEET)
Identifies commonly encountered snakes. How to identify venomous from non-venomous snakes. Also includes some general biology and ecology information. Includes links to other snake web pages.
Minimum grade level: MS

Those Other Turtles (WEB ONLY)
Discusses spotted and wood turtles.  
Minimum grade level: ES  

Timber Rattlesnake (WEB ONLY)
Discusses the timber rattlesnake - description, life history, distribution, threats and conservation, the future, etc.  
Minimum grade level: MS  

Turtles of Pennsylvania (JPG) (WEB ONLY)
17 x 22 inch color Poster showing the variety of turtles found in Pennsylvania.  
Minimum grade level: ES-HS  

What is an "Amphibian"? (WEB ONLY)
Characteristics of amphibians and their differences from other animals.  
Minimum grade level: MS  

Where Do Amphibians Live? (WEB ONLY)
Habitat of amphibians.  
Minimum grade level: ES   

VIDEOS 

Bog Turtles (VHS/27 Minutes)
Natural history of Pennsylvania's bog turtles. Includes information on efforts to protect this endangered species.  
Minimum grade level: MS  

Bog Turtles - Living on the Edge (VHS/27 min.)
Learn about the captivating, little turtle; discover the wonders of its unique wetland habitat; follow team of biologists on a trek through the marsh in search of these shy, endearing creatures; witness birth of two baby hatchings; see how you can help protect and enhance these and other living treasures.  
Minimum grade level: ES  

Eyewitness Video Series: Amphibians (VHS/35 Minutes)
Discusses what amphibians are and where they're found. Concentrating on frogs, toads and salamanders.  
Minimum grade level: MS  

Eyewitness Video Series: Reptiles (VHS/36 Minutes)
Describes what reptiles are, where they live and how they are unique.  
Minimum grade level: MS  

Snakes Tale (VHS/27 Minutes)
A good overview of snakes and their constant struggle to survive. Produced by the Missouri Department of Conservation, it shows most snakes found in Pennsylvania with two exceptions (bull snake and cottonmouth).  
Minimum grade level: ES  

Timber Rattlesnake: The Shadow of Misunderstanding (VHS/28 Minutes)
Biology and ecology of timber rattlesnakes. Includes information on reproduction, feeding, habitat and threats to population. Also includes information on efforts to protect and restore population. Great footage!
Minimum grade level: MS