Reptiles & Amphibians In Lewes & Rehoboth, Southern Delaware | Delawonder

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Wood Frog

Wood Frog

Lithobates sylvaticus

This is one of Delaware’s earliest-breeding frogs during the springtime. It is found predominantly in pools situated within wooded wetlands.

Spotted Turtle

Spotted Turtle

Clemmys guttata

This is a globally threatened species of turtle. Evolutionarily speaking, it is quite ancient and is the only extant species of its genus, Clemmys.

Southern Leopard Frog

Southern Leopard Frog

Lithobates sphenocephalus

This is a common frog in many Delaware wetlands. It is named for the leopard-like spots on its body, which can range from brownish to vibrant green.

Painted Turtle

Painted Turtle

Chrysemys picta

This turtle is named for the brilliant yellow and orange markings on its head and neck. It is found in freshwater bodies, where it feeds on a variety of aquatic plants and animals.

Northern Red-bellied Cooter

Northern Red-bellied Cooter

Pseudemys rubriventris

This species grows much larger than the painted turtle and may be over a foot wide. Adults have a dark black head and visible redness on the bottom of the shell.

Green Frog

Green Frog

Lithobates clamitans

This large frog appears in varying shades of green. Its alarm call is likened to the plucking of a loose banjo string.

Fowler’s Toad

Fowler’s Toad

Anaxyrus fowleri

This toad is very common throughout Southern Delaware. It may be identified by its lumpy shape and mottled gray body.

Eastern Hognose Snake

Eastern Hognose Snake

Heterodon platirhinos

This non-poisonous snake may vary in color but has dark bands across the width of its body. When threatened, it will flatten its head to appear more menacing.

Eastern Fence Lizard

Eastern Fence Lizard

Sceloporus undulatus

This small gray or brown lizard lives throughout Delaware. It is often found in brush piles and, being very quick, is somewhat difficult to spot.

Eastern Box Turtle

Eastern Box Turtle

Terrapene carolina carolina

This turtle is named for the closeable hinged flap with which it protects its head while hidden inside its shell. In captivity, box turtles have been known to live for more than 100 years.

Cope’s Gray Treefrog

Cope’s Gray Treefrog

Hyla chrysoscelis

This treefrog is distinguishable from the Gray Treefrog, found in Upstate Delaware, by its slightly different call. Its color varies greatly, ranging from mottled gray to almost entirely pale green.

Common Snapping Turtle

Common Snapping Turtle

Chelydra serpentina

This is Delaware’s largest turtle. It typically weighs well over 30 pounds at adulthood and may be aggressive when encountered on land.

Common Five-lined Skink

Common Five-lined Skink

Plestiodon fasciatus

Males of this species boast a bright blue tail and five distinct yellow-to-white lines down the length of their body. The females are larger than the males and sport a red head and less distinct lines.

Carpenter Frog

Carpenter Frog

Rana virgatipes

Uncommon in Delaware, this species is known for its distinctive “clack-clack-clack” call, which sounds like a carpenter hitting a board with a hammer.

American Green Tree Frog

American Green Tree Frog

Hyla cinerea

This species is not uncommon throughout Delaware. It has a longer, more slender body than the Gray Tree Frog. It tends to be a vibrant green-to-yellow color.

American Bullfrog

American Bullfrog

Lithobates catesbeianus

This is Delaware’s largest frog species. It is a common sight around many bodies of water, including ponds, swamps, creeks, and canals. Bullfrogs are ambitious predators. Indeed, rodents and birds have even been found in their stomachs.

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