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Reptiles and Amphibians

You know them as frogs, toads, snakes, turtles and lizards. Winnebago County has 21 species of reptiles, and 15 species of amphibians.

Amphibians

Amphibians, which include salamanders, newts, toads and frogs, are vertebrate animals (in the phylum Chordata) that spend at least part of their life cycle in water. They are ectothermal (or “cold-blooded”), which means that they do not produce their own body heat like birds, people or other mammals. They remain the same temperature as their surroundings and seek out cooler or warmer spots to avoid temperatures too high or too low for their survival.

Frogs and Toads

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Salamanders, Newts and Mudpuppies

Salamanders, newts and mudpuppies have slender bodies, long tails, short noses and four limbs. They are carnivores that eat animals like insects, earthworms and snails.
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Reptiles

Snakes

Snakes are long, legless reptiles that are covered in overlapping scales. They have no external ears and have permanently fused transparent eyelids called brille.
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Turtles

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