Local Wildlife

I live about 10 miles west of Portland, Oregon, USA. Among the local herps are:

Pacific treefrogs (Hyla regilla)

These frogs breed in my backyard pond, so I often see them around the yard. They like to sun themselves on plant leaves. When they come out of the water the are only about 1/2" long, but get about 2" long when mature. They are most often bright green, but can also be brown, or somewhere in between. They always have the broad black lines on the sides of their faces.

These two tiny frogs are sunning themselves on a big leaf of a hardy hibiscus bush:

This frog is an adult:

This is a Pacific treefrog tadpole:


Western long-toed salamanders (Ambystoma macrodactylum)

These salamanders are a small (up to about 6" long) burrowing species. I sometimes see them when I'm working in the garden, usually under wood or stones. They breed in my backyard pond.

This is a baby salamander that I found under a stone. I put a dime next to it:

This is an adult salamander, about 5" long:


Garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis)

These two garter snakes are catching some Spring sun on dried leaves in the middle of a sword fern: