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Reptile & Amphibian Symbols

Herptiles (reptiles and amphibians) aren’t nearly as popular as birds and mammals in the world of symbols. Nevertheless, many U.S. states have adopted official herptiles, and a few have been adopted by various countries as well.

Let’s take a brief tour of herptiles of state. (If you prefer to examine these creatures separately, see the Reptiles and Amphibians pages.)

National Herptiles ˆ

U.S. State Herptiles ˆ

Herptiles (reptiles and amphibians) are very popular state symbols. Many states have adopted one of each, and half a dozen states are represented by three herptile symbols.

From tiny tree frogs to the enormous leatherback sea turtle, state herptiles are surprisingly diverse.

List of State Herptiles
State Species Designation
Alabama Alabama red bellied turtle (Pseudemys alabamensis) Reptile 1990
  Red Hills salamander (Phaeognathus hubrichti) Amphibian 2000
Arizona ridge nosed rattlesnake (Crotalus willardi) Reptile 1986
  Arizona tree frog (Hyla eximia) Amphibian 1986
California California desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) Reptile 1972
  Pacific leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) Marine Reptile 2012
  California red legged frog (Rana draytonii) Amphibian 2014
Colorado western painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) Reptile 2008
  western tiger salamander (Ambystoma mavortium) Amphibian 2012
Florida American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) Reptile 1987
  loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) Saltwater Reptile 2008
  gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) Tortoise 2008
Georgia gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) Reptile 1989
  green tree frog (Hyla cinerea) Amphibian 2005
Idaho Idaho giant salamander (Dicamptodon aterrimus) Amphibian 2015
Illinois painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) Reptile 2005
  eastern tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) Amphibian 2005
Kansas ornate box turtle (Terrapene ornata) Reptile 1986
  barred tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) Amphibian 1994
Louisiana American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) Reptile 1983
  green tree frog (Hyla cinerea) Amphibian 1993
Maryland diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) Reptile 1994
Massachusetts common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) Reptile 2007
Michigan painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) Reptile 1995
Mississippi American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) Reptile 2005
Missouri three toed box turtle (Terrapene carolina) Reptile 2007
  bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) Amphibian 2005
  hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) Endangered Species 2019
Nebraska ornate box turtle (Terrapene ornata) Reptile 2017
Nevada desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) Reptile 1989
New Hampshire red spotted newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) Amphibian 1985
New Jersey bog turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii) Reptile 2018
New Mexico New Mexico whiptail lizard (Cnemidophorus neomexicanus) Reptile 2003
  New Mexico spadefoot toad (Spea multiplicata) Amphibian 2003
New York common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) Reptile 2006
North Carolina eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina) Reptile 1979
  marbled salamander (Ambystoma opacum) Salamander 2013
  Pine Barrens tree frog (Hyla andersonii) Frog 2013
(former) bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) Amphibian 2007
Ohio black racer (Coluber constrictor) Reptile 1995
  spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) Amphibian 2010
  bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) Frog 2010
Oklahoma mountain boomer or collared lizard (Crotaphytus collaris) Reptile 1969
  bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) Amphibian 1997
Pennsylvania eastern hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) Amphibian 2019
South Carolina loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) Reptile 1988
  spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) Amphibian 1999
Tennessee eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina) Reptile 1995
  Tennessee cave salamander (Gyrinophilus palleucus) Amphibian 1995
Texas Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum) Reptile 1993
  Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) Sea Turtle 2013
  Texas toad (Bufo speciosus) Amphibian 2009
Utah Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum) Reptile 2019
Vermont painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) Reptile 1994
  northern leopard frog (Lithobates pipiens) Amphibian 1998
Virginia eastern garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) Snake 2016
  northern red salamander (Pseudotriton ruber) Amphibian 2018
Washington Pacific chorus frog (Pseudacris regilla) Amphibian 2007
West Virginia timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) Reptile 2008
  northern red salamander (Pseudotriton ruber) Amphibian 2015
Wyoming horned toad (Phrynosoma douglasii) Reptile 1993
  blotched tiger salamander (Ambystoma mavortium melanostictum) Amphibian 2019

Other Herptile Symbols ˆ

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