Educational Materials

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These presentations have been modified with permission for Virginia by Mike Clifford. They have been designed for use by any individual interested in giving a presentation about amphibians and reptiles, or any educator looking to supplement their science curriculum. They cover information about the importance, biology, ecology, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles in Virginia. The PowerPoints have been designed to be age appropriate; and thus, we have created four different presentations: one for lower elementary school, one for upper elementary school, one for middle school, and finally one for high school and adults. They vary in depth of understanding, detail, and vocabulary. We hope that you find these helpful.

Amphibians and Reptiles: An Introduction to Herpetofauna

Herpetofauna: Season by Season


Additional Documents

Educational Graphics and Materials

  • Amphibians

    • Frogs

      • American Bullfrog vs. Green Frog - JPG
      • Eastern American Toad vs. Fowler's Toad - JPG and PDF
      • Calling schedule for Native Frogs and Toads - JPG and PDF

    • Salamanders

  • Reptiles

    • Lizards

      • Broad-headed Skink vs. Common Five-lined Skink - JPG
      • Common Five-lined Skink vs. Southeastern Five-lined Skink - JPG

    • Snakes

      • Classification of Virginia’s Snakes - JPG
      • Common Ribbionsnake vs. Eastern Gartersnake - JPG
      • Copperhead Skull vs. Ratsnake Skull - JPG
      • Cornsnake vs. Milksnake - JPG
      • Earthsnake Heads - JPG
      • Earthsnake Scale Count - JPG
      • How Snake Scales are Counted - JPG
      • Native Snakes That Eat Snakes (Ophiophagy) - JPG
      • Native Snakes That Vibrate Their Tails - JPG
      • Nonvenomous Snake Head - JPG
      • Snake Head Shape - Unreliable Method of determining Venomous Species - JPG
      • Venomous Pit Viper Skull - JPG
      • Venomous Snake Head - JPG and JPG
      • Virgina Snake Length - JPG
      • Virginia's Venomous Snakes - JPG

    • Turtles

      • Northern Diamond-backed Terrapins - PDF
      • Northern Diamond-backed Terrapins Bycatch Reduction Devices (BRDs) - PDF
      • Northern Diamond-backed Terrapin Make Your Own BRD - PDF
      • Mud Turtles of Virginia - JPG
      • Turtle Sex Identification - JPG

    • Miscellaneous Graphics

      • Physiographic Regions of Virginia - JPG


Virginia is home to 28 species of frogs and toads.


We have a large diversity of salamanders consisting of 56 different species and subspecies.


Virginia is home to 9 native lizard species and two introduced species, the Mediterranean Gecko and the Italian Wall Lizard.


The Commonwealth is home to 34 species and subspecies of snake. Only 3 species are venomous.


Virginia has 25 species and subspecies of turtle. Five of these species are sea turtle.