Amphibians of North Carolina

Welcome to the "Amphibians of North Carolina" website!

Scientific Name:
Common Name:
Family (Alpha):

Lithobates virgatipes by Mark Shields
Carpenter Frog

Desmognathus wrighti by Todd Pierson
Pygmy Salamander

Pseudacris feriarum by Steve Hall
Upland Chorus Frog

Eurycea cirrigera by L. Osteen
Southern Two-lined Salamander

Aims of this website

We have a number of goals for this project:

1) provide a county atlas showing the distribution of all amphibians of North Carolina, based on vetted records
2) describe the features of the species, including the key characteristics that distinguish each from similar species
3) describe the life history and ecology of all amphibians of North Carolina
4) describe the habitat associations of the species, based on literature sources and our own observations
5) compile information on the conservation status of each species, describing their specific risk factors and estimating their probability of becoming extirpated from the state
6) provide opportunities for citizen scientists and others to contribute to our knowledge of North Carolina’s amphibians

One of our primary goals is to provide a detailed account of the distribution, life history, ecology, and conservation biology of all amphibians of North Carolina, along with citations of pertinent scientific literature. Our aim is to provide a general overview of each species based on studies from throughout its range, along with information that is relevant to North Carolina populations whenever it is available.

From a conservation perspective, we often have large gaps in knowledge about the specific habitat requirements of species and their ability to tolerate anthropogenic disturbance. We encourage individuals to submit records to the site that will be included in our database, and to include as much information as possible on the habitats where specimens were found and other pertinent life history information. Calling records, for example, will help pinpoint the breeding season and document changes in breeding phenology in future decades, while information on how far a specimen was found from a breeding pond will provide information on the size needed for terrestrial buffers. Details about submitting records can be found under the Citizen Science tab at the top of the page.


Number of NC species: 107

Number of records: 25,049

Citation: Petranka, J. W., S. Hall, and T. Howard, with contributions from H. LeGrand. 2024. Amphibians of North Carolina [Internet]. Raleigh (NC): North Carolina Biodiversity Project and North Carolina State Parks. Available from