Amphibians and Reptiles of South Dakota

Welcome to the Amphibians and Reptiles of South Dakota! Here, you will find species accounts for all 45 species of amphibians and reptiles found in the state. We encourage the use of this website as a tool to provide information about South Dakota amphibians and reptiles and to assist in their identification. Should users have questions about the identifications of amphibians or reptiles or content found on this website, please contact us.


20 September 2017

  • approximately 150 new specimen records have been added to the database. Included in this batch are new records for Plains Leopard Frog (Charles Mix, Gregory), Painted Turtle (Hughes, Meade), Snapping Turtle (Charles Mix, Perkins, Yankton), and False Map Turtle (Gregory).

11 July 2017

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1 July 2017

  • over 250 specimen records have been added to the database, primarily from Lake Oahe and the southeastern region of South Dakota

20 March 2017

  • funding awarded from a Wildlife Diversity Small Grant awarded through South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

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Number of known species per county in South Dakota. Map generated from data collected from voucher specimens and photographic records. See About for additional information.

Frogs and Toads