Amphibians and Reptiles

The toothless grin of the northwestern salamander is indicative of the amphibian family/Photo Courtesy of Jackson D Shedd
  • Amphibians

    Amphibians, such as this tree frog, are abundant at the Refuge/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

    Amphibians generally inhabit two worlds – water and land. They lack teeth and claws, and most often have wet, slippery skin. This group of animals includes frogs, toads, salamanders and newts. Amphibians lay soft, gelatinous eggs.

    Discover more about the amphibians of Julia Butler Hansen Refuge…

  • Reptiles

    The common garter snake is one of the few reptiles that call the Refuge "home"/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

    Reptiles are most often found in warm, dry climates. Their scale-covered, dry skin and claws help distinguish this group of animals from amphibians. Snakes, lizards and turtles are reptiles. Most reptiles lay eggs with leathery shells.

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