Reptiles and Amphibians of
List of Amphibians and Reptiles of Undetermined Status: This list change is an unofficial, non-regulatory list of amphibians and reptiles for which we have little information, are MESA-Delisted, or of suspected conservation concern that NHESP is interested in tracking. Species are included on the list for three primary reasons: 1) the species is thought to be rare, declining or vulnerable, but there is insufficient information on the condition, number and size of populations to make a determination (termed "Uncommon" in the "Reasons" for listing field); 2) the species was removed from the official regulatory list, but the Program believes it still is in need of some conservation attention (termed "MESA-Delisted" in the "Reasons" for listing field); 3) the species distribution and abundance are not well known. These species are on the list to ensure it is tracked while herpetologists determine whether it is appropriate for proposal to the MESA list.
|Scientific Name||Common Name||S Rank||G Rank||Reason|
|Sternotherus odoratus||E. Musk Turtle||S4S5||G5||Declining?|
|Heterodon platirhinos||E. Hog-nosed Snake||S4||G5||MA range and abundance?, Declining?|
|Thampnophis sauritus||E. Ribbonsnake||S4S5||G5||Declining?|
|Lithobates pipiens||N. Leopard Frog||S3S4||G5||Declining?|
|Opheodrys vernalis||Smooth Greensnake||S5||G5||May be in decline|
|Gyrinhophilus porphyriticus||Spring Salamander||S3S4||G5||MESA-Delisted|
|Hemidactylium scutatum||Four-toed Salamander||S3S4||G5||MESA-Delisted|
For data submission: Please use the NHESP Rare Animal Form and send to:
Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program
Massachusetts Division of fisheries & Wildlife
1 Rabbit Hill Road
Westborough, MA 01581
Interested in learning more about turtle conservation? Check out our page on Turtle Information and Conservation Tips. If you are a property owner or land manager interested in protecting rare species populations on your property, see our Species Protection Guidelines for several rare turtles and salamanders.