Species Identification


Amphibians are vertebrate animals with skin that lack fur, scales or feathers. They typically reproduce in water (there are exceptions), and have a larval form (e.g. tadpole) that undergoes metamorphosis to change into a very different adult form. There are 2 main types (Orders) found in North America:  the Frogs and Toads (Anurans) and the Salamanders and Newts (Caudata).  There are 22 amphibian species found in British Columbia, and approximately 5800 world-wide.