Vermont’s Most Wanted and Rarest Species

Reptiles and Amphibians to Always Report

(send a photo if possible)

This table shows the rarer and rarest species in Vermont. It only includes those species that are ranked from S1 to S3 our Heritage System. The scale runs from 1 (very rare) to 5 (very common) and the S before the number signifies its rarity in Vermont (as opposed to the world).

Of course, we are happy to receive any report on any reptile or amphibian (especially documentation for these), but this list shows the rarest species. Any species not listed on the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Species List at all is one we would definitely like to receive a report about.

This table can be sorted: click on one of the up or down triangles in the header row of the table.
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Group Common Name Scientific Name State Rank
(ranks info)
State Status
(status info)
Group Common Name Scientific Name State Rank State Status SGCN
Salamanders Jefferson Salamander Ambystoma jeffersonianum S 2 SC High
Salamanders Blue-spotted Salamander Ambystoma laterale S 3 SC Medium
Salamanders Four-toed Salamander Hemidactylium scutatum S 2 SC Medium
Salamanders Mudpuppy Necturus maculosus S 2 SC High
Frogs, Toads Fowler’s Toad Anaxyrus fowleri S 1 SC High
Frogs, Toads Mink Frog Lithobates septentrionalis S 3
Frogs, Toads Boreal Chorus Frog Pseudacris maculata S 1 E High
Turtles Spiny Softshell Apalone spinifera S 1 T High
Turtles Spotted Turtle Clemmys guttata S 1 E High
Turtles Wood Turtle Glyptemys insculpta S 3 SC High
Turtles Northern Map Turtle Graptemys geographica S 3 SC
Turtles Eastern Musk Turtle Sternotherus odoratus S 2 SC Medium
Lizards Common Five-lined Skink Plestiodon fasciatus S 1 E High
Snakes North American Racer Coluber constrictor S 1 T
Snakes Timber Rattlesnake Crotalus horridus S 1 E High
Snakes Northern Watersnake Nerodia sipedon S 3 Medium
Snakes Smooth Greensnake Opheodrys vernalis S 3 Medium
Snakes Eastern Ratsnake Pantherophis alleghaniensis S 2 T High
Snakes Eastern Ribbonsnake Thamnophis sauritus S 2 SC High