Aquatic herpetofauna are reptile and amphibian species that primarily occupy freshwater aquatic habitats. They can be found in two Coastal Southern California national parks (Channel Islands National Park and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area) and include species such as turtles, newts, and frogs.
- At Channel Islands National Park, the Baja California treefrog (Pseudacris hypochondriaca) is the only aqautic herpetofauna on the islands, occurring on Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Islands.
- Native aquatic herpetofauna in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area includes Western toad (Bufo boreas), Baja California (or Pacific) treefrog (Pseudacris hypochondriaca), California treefrog (Pseudacris cadaverina), California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii), California newt (Taricha torosa), and Western pond turtle (Actinemys marmorata). Non-native species include bullfrog (Rana castesbeianus) and red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta).
A number of aquatic herpetofauna studies have been and continue to be implemented by parks and their partners. Data gathered from these studies provide better information in the conservation and management of these species. Learn more about each project from the links below.