Left: California Newt, NPS photo
Top Right: Baja California Tree Frog, NPS photo
Bottom Right: Western Pond Turtle, USGS photo

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.

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.