Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of the Savannah River Site

Whit Gibbons and Raymond D. Semlitsch

A guide to the site's richly varied herpetofauna


"A valuable manual for any herpetologist who wishes to carry out research in the Savannah River Site or adjacent areas."
Journal of Natural History

"An important window to scientific herpetology in the southeast."
Association of Southeastern Biologists Bulletin


Host to more than one hundred species of reptiles and amphibians, the Savannah River Site, a 780-square-kilometer tract in South Carolina, is one of the most intensely studied areas of herpetological ecology in the world. This guide is a summary of basic information on the site’s richly varied herpetofauna, from their taxonomy and distribution to their behavior and habitats.

Keys to identify the adult and larval forms of the site’s known species comprise the core of the guide. These keys are supplemented by maps, graphs, and illustrations as well as by information on habitats; population characteristics and distribution; behavior related to movement, feeding, and reproduction; morphology; and techniques for collecting specimens. The guide also includes information about special identification and study problems involving unresolved sighting reports; subspeciation; and venomous, edible, endangered, and introduced species. Finally, a bibliography gives not only the sources referred to in the guide but virtually all studies and reports based on herpetological research conducted at the Savannah River Site. The site-related publications are listed by author but can also be found through an index to the subjects they cover.

Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of the Savannah River Site is a valuable one-volume introduction to the existing information on herpetofauna at the site and to the countless research opportunities the site still presents. Because it is clearly written and designed and lists most of the reptiles and amphibians found in Georgia and South Carolina, the guide is also useful to wildlife observers--professional and amateur--in those states.

Page count: 144 pp.
Trim size: 6 x 9

Read more about Georgia's reptiles and amphibians at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.


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Whit Gibbons is a professor of ecology emeritus at the University of Georgia and the head of the Environmental Outreach and Education Program at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. Raymond D. Semlitsch is curator's professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri.