Blue poison arrow frog

Rainforest Reptiles & Amphibians

Tropical rainforests are home to a huge diversity of reptiles (snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises, and crocodiles) and amphibians (frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, and worm-like caecilians). These are found in virtually all rainforest habitats, ranging from the high canopy to streams and creeks. Collectively, reptiles and amphibians are known as herps.

Unfortunately, many herps are threatened by habitat loss, the pet trade, and environmental change. Amphibians are particularly at risk from a deadly disease that is spreading around the globe. The disease has already caused the extinction of at least 170 species of frogs and toads over the past 30 years. Scientists have not yet pinpointed what is causing the outbreak or how it can be controlled. Emergency measures have been implemented for some endangered species, which are being collected and kept in zoos, aquariums, and botanical gardens until a cure can be found.

Below you will find profiles for a few rainforest herps as well as a selection of photos. Please note there is more extensive information about rainforest herps, including specific species, at the main rainforest site.



Baby caiman
Baby caiman

(Costa Rica)

MORE PICTURES: Amphibians | Reptiles


  • Anole
  • Chameleon
  • Crowned Adamid
  • Day Gecko
  • Fijian Iguana
  • Green-Eyed Gecko
  • Iguana
  • Leaf Chameleon
  • Leaf-Tailed Gecko
  • Mangrove Monitor
  • Water Monitor Lizard

  • Snakes
  • Boa Constrictor
  • Cave Dwelling Ratsnake
  • Gmelin's Bronzeback Snake
  • Green Bush Viper
  • Green Tree Python

  • Crocodiles
  • African Slender-Snouted Crocodile
  • Caiman
  • Blue Poison Dart Frog
  • Giant Monkey Frog
  • Green Poison Dart Frog
  • Panama Golden Frog
  • Tomato Frog
  • White's Tree Frog
  • Yellow Poison Dart Frog

  • By Rhett Butler

    Date published: June 24, 2004 | Last updated: December 5, 2015