Collectively, amphibians (including frogs, toads, and salamanders) and reptiles (including snakes, lizards, and turtles), are called “herps” or hertofauna. These are creatures whose body temperature varies (poikilothermic), are cold-blooded (ectothermic), and four-legged (tetrapod), although in the case of snakes the legs are no longer visible.
FWG has a variety of amphibians that mainly breed in the Amphibian Pond but very few types of turtles and, so far, no lizards, and only one snake – the harmless Eastern Gartersnake. Our most common turtles are Common Snapping Turtles but a few other species occasionally arrive. The snapping turtles although probably always present in the Amphibian Pond are rarely seen since they stay submerged most of the day.