Mysterious Creatures

They make their homes in the shadows, under logs and leaves. They bask in the sun to warm themselves. They lay eggs or bare live young. Their chorus often sounds the arrival of spring. Still wonder what they are? Frogs and snakes, salamanders and lizards, turtles and tortoises, alligators and crocodiles, and more. Amphibians and reptiles are declining across the world as they face a number of threats. The National Park Service studies these species and preserves the places they call home. Discover these unique animals.

An orange-colored Eastern newt walking
Celebrate Amphibian Week!

A is for Amphibians: they're Awesome, Adaptable, and unfortunately, some are At-risk. Learn how you can get involved.

Ranger releasing small Western pond turtles into tall vegetation
Tales of Amphibians and Reptiles

Discover stories about amphibians and reptiles in national parks and communities through partnerships and programs.

Green tree frog resting on a vertical branch
Find a Park

Looking to visit a park? Discover the parks where you can learn more about amphibians and reptiles.

Last updated: February 7, 2023