Reptiles and Amphibians of North Dakota

by Ted Hoberg and Cully Gause
The following guide to reptiles and amphibians of North Dakota is the work of Grand Forks teachers, Ted Hoberg and Cully Gause. It is designed to give the curious reader a tool to identify some of the least understood of North Dakota's wildlife species.

[Note: It will take some time to prepare all of the material appearing in the July 1992 article. Ted and Cully have produced a commercial videotape that provides a review of all North Dakota reptiles. Information on this resource appears at the end of this presentation. For a complete survey of North Dakota reptiles, you might locate the original North Dakota Outdoors article or contact Ted or Cully about their videotape.]

Most of us are capable of identifying the generic toad or snake, but beyond that, how many of us know much more about what the various reptiles and amphibians are called, where they live, or what they eat?

This guide is not technical and is meant to be useful to anyone wanting to learn more about these secretive animals. It should be of particular interest to school students and to those who live in the country, where encounters with reptiles and amphibians are more likely to occur with greater frequency.

As you will learn, like various species of birds, reptiles and amphibians within the same species sometimes come in different colors. We have attempted to choose pictures that best represent each species treated. Range maps have also been provided showing where each species has been reported and also areas where they are likely to be found.

Seek! Learn! Enjoy!

To the Salamanders. Warning - this material contains some medium size images and will take some time to transfer.

To the Lizards. Warning - this material contains some medium size images and will take some time to transfer.

To the Frogs. Warning - this material contains some medium size images and will take some time to transfer.

To the Snakes. Warning - this material contains some medium size images and will take some time to transfer.

To the Toads. Warning - this material contains some medium size images and will take some time to transfer.

To the Turtles. Warning - this material contains some medium sized images and will take some time to transfer.


Cully Gause teaches 8th grade science at South Jr. High School in Grand Forks. Theodore Hoberg teaches 7th grade science at Twining Elementary School located on the Grand Forks Air Force Base. Cully and Ted are co-founders of the North Dakota Herpetological Society and co-authors of "The Herp Handbook: Guide to Capture and Care of North Dakota Reptiles and Amphibians." The address for South Junior High is 1224 Walnut St, Grand Forks, ND 58201. The address for Twining is Grand Forks Air Force Base, ND 58228.