Amphibians

Reptiles

Yearly Firsts

Each year, people are encouraged to submit their first herp finds. If you are the first to make an observation for any of the available categories, you will be credited here. Scroll to the end of this page to see the rules.

Year 2017

First... Species Date Time Location Submitted By
Snake
Venomous Snake
Salamander
With Special Status
Lizard
Nonvenomous Snake
Frog Call
Frog
Turtle
Alligator American Alligator
(Alligator mississippiensis)

Year 2016

First... Species Date Time Location Submitted By
Snake; Venomous Snake Northern Cottonmouth
(Agkistrodon piscivorus)
2016-JAN-01 1200 hrs Pinnacle Mountain State Park,
Pulaski County
Cowper Chadbourn
Salamander; With Special Status Ozark Zigzag Salamander
(Plethodon angusticlavius)
2016-JAN-02 1000 hrs Marion County Matthew Connior
Lizard Common Five-lined Skink
(Plestiodon fasciatus)
2016-JAN-02 N/A N/A Calvin Vick
Nonvenomous Snake North American Racer
(Coluber constrictor ssp.)
2016-JAN-02 N/A Near Atkins,
Pope County
Bill Duvall
Frog Call Wood Frog
(Lithobates sylvaticus)
2016-JAN-02 N/A Marion County Matthew Connior
Frog Spring Peeper
(Pseudacris crucifer)
2016-JAN-08 N/A Union County Tobin Fulmer
Turtle Aquatic Turtle
(Emydidae sp.)
2016-JAN-31 N/A Fourche Creek,
Pulaski County
Debbie Doss
Alligator American Alligator
(Alligator mississippiensis)
2016-MAR-01 N/A Vicinity of Arkadelphia,
Clark County
Wesley Sparks

Year 2015

First... Species Date Time Location Submitted By
Frog Call Coastal Plains Leopard Frog
(Lithobates sphenocephalus utricularius)
2015-JAN-01 2230 hours Fayetteville area,
Washington County
Patrick Smith
Frog Coastal Plains Leopard Frog
(Lithobates sphenocephalus utricularius)
2015-JAN-02 1100 hours Bella Vista,
Benton County
Kory Roberts
Salamander Southern Red-backed Salamander
(Plethodon serratus)
2015-JAN-03 1420 hours Mena area,
Polk County
Jo-Ann Jennier
With Special Status Southern Red-backed Salamander
(Plethodon serratus)
2015-JAN-03 1420 hours Mena area,
Polk County
Jo-Ann Jennier
Snake Midland Brownsnake
(Storeria dekayi wrightorum)
2015-JAN-18 N/A Cleburne or Faulkner County Kayla P.
Nonvenomous Snake Midland Brownsnake
(Storeria dekayi wrightorum)
2015-JAN-18 N/A Cleburne or Faulkner County Kayla P.
Lizard Prairie Lizard
(Sceloporus consobrinus)
2015-JAN-19 1130 hours Searcy County Matt Connior
Venomous Snake Western Pygmy Rattlesnake
(Sistrurus miliarius streckeri)
2015-JAN-19 Unknown Carroll County? Dale E.
Turtle Red-eared Slider
(Trachemys scripta elegans)
2015-JAN-28 1630 hours Bella Vista,
Benton County
Kory Roberts
Alligator American Alligator
(Alligator mississippiensis)
2015-MAR-23 N/A Arkansas Post,
Arkansas County
JimandBev

Year 2014

First... Species Date Time Location Submitted By
Frog Coastal Plains Leopard Frog
(Lithobates sphenocephalus utricularius)
2014-JAN-01 0036 hours Bella Vista,
Benton County
Kory Roberts
Snake Western Wormsnake
(Carphophis vermis)
2014-JAN-01 0930 hours Oak Grove,
Carroll County
Craig Matzenbacher
Nonvenomous Snake Western Wormsnake
(Carphophis vermis)
2014-JAN-01 0930 hours Oak Grove,
Carroll County
Craig Matzenbacher
Salamander Oklahoma Salamander
(Eurycea tynerensis)
2014-JAN-01 0945 hours Marion County Matt Connior
Turtle Eastern River Cooter
(Pseudemys concinna concinna)
2014-JAN-01 1340 hours Pinnacle Mountain State Park,
Pulaski County
Nick Allred
Lizard Little Brown Skink
(Scincella lateralis)
2014-JAN-02 1200 hours Calhoun County Matt Connior
With Special Status Mole Salamander
(Ambystoma talpoideum)
2014-JAN-10 1915 hours
(and 2130 hours)
Woodruff County
(and Union County)
Thomas Belford
(and Matt Connior)
Frog Call Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) and
Cajun Chorus Frog (Pseudacris fouquettei)
2014-JAN-10 2130 hours Union County Matt Connior
Alligator American Alligator
(Alligator mississippiensis)
2014-MAR-14 N/A N/A Colt Kennedy
Venomous Snake Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake
(Crotalus atrox)
2014-MAR-28 N/A N/A Eric East

Year 2013

First... Species Date Time Location Submitted By
Salamander Ozark Zigzag Salamander
(Plethodon angusticlavius)
2013-JAN-01 820 hours Marion County Matt Connior
With Special Status Ozark Zigzag Salamander
(Plethodon angusticlavius)
2013-JAN-01 820 hours Marion County Matt Connior
Frog Southern Leopard Frog
(Lithobates sphenocephalus utricularius)
2013-JAN-04 n/a Little Rock,
Pulaski County
Jeremy Chamberlain
Snake Plain-bellied Watersnake (Nerodia erythrogaster) and
Eastern Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis)
2013-JAN-04 n/a Little Rock,
Pulaski County
Jeremy Chamberlain
Nonvenomous Snake Plain-bellied Watersnake (Nerodia erythrogaster) and
Eastern Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis)
2013-JAN-04 n/a Little Rock,
Pulaski County
Jeremy Chamberlain
Frog Call Cajun Chorus Frog
(Pseudacris fouquettei)
2012-JAN-09 AM Crawford County Michael Spencer
Turtle Red-eared Slider
(Trachemys scripta elegans)
2013-JAN-11 1030 hours Calhoun County Matt Connior
Lizard Little Brown Skink
(Scincella lateralis)
2013-JAN-11 1045 hours Calhoun County Matt Connior
Venomous Snake Western Cottonmouth
(Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma)
2013-MAR-16 n/a Grassy Lake,
Faulkner County
Chris Newberry
Alligator American Alligator
(Alligator mississippiensis)
2013-APR-?? n/a Southern Arkansas Brad Birchfield and
Michael Spencer

Year 2012

First... Species Date Time Location Submitted By
Frog Call Cajun Chorus Frog
(Pseudacris fouquettei)
2012-JAN-01 0230 hours Village Creek State Park,
Cross County
Adam
Snake Northern Diamond-backed Watersnake
(Nerodia rhombifer rhombifer)
2012-JAN-01 Before 1032 hours Near Pinnacle Mountain State Park,
Pulaski County
Debo Doss
Nonvenomous Snake Northern Diamond-backed Watersnake
(Nerodia rhombifer rhombifer)
2012-JAN-01 Before 1032 hours Near Pinnacle Mountain State Park,
Pulaski County
Debo Doss
Salamander Small-mouthed Salamander
(Ambystoma texanum)
2012-JAN-02 1330 hours Calhoun County Matt Connior
Frog American Bullfrog - Metamorphs
(Lithobates catesbeianus)
2012-JAN-02 1430 hours Calhoun County Tobin Fulmer and
Matt Connior
Turtle Red-eared Slider
(Trachemys scripta elegans)
2012-JAN-02 Afternoon Calhoun County Tobin Fulmer and
Matt Connior
With Special Status Ozark Zigzag Salamander
(Plethodon angusticlavius)
2012-JAN-03 N/A Gulf Mountain WMA,
Van Buren County
Ben Thesing
Lizard Little Brown Skink
(Scincella lateralis)
2012-JAN-11 1510 hours Calhoun County Matt Connior
Alligator American Alligator
(Alligator mississippiensis)
2012-MAR-01 N/A Millwood Lake,
Little River County
Charles Jones
Venomous Snake Western Cottonmouth
(Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma)
2012-MAR-03 PM Polk County Jo-Ann Jennier

Year 2011

First... Species Date Time Location Submitted By
Frog Southern Leopard Frog (Lithobates sphenocephalus utricularius) and
Green Frog (Lithobates clamitans)
2011-JAN-01 1043 hours White County Thomas Belford
Salamander Oklahoma Salamander
(Eurycea tynerensis)
2011-JAN-01 1045 hours White County Thomas Belford
With Special Status Ozark Zigzag Salamander
(Plethodon angusticlavius)
2011-JAN-07 1130 hours Searcy County Matt Connior
Snake Rough Earthsnake
(Virginia striatula)
2011-JAN-28 930 hours Greenwood,
Sebastian County
Ashley Sloan
Nonvenomous Snake Rough Earthsnake
(Virginia striatula)
2011-JAN-28 930 hours Greenwood,
Sebastian County
Ashley Sloan
Turtle Red-eared Slider
(Trachemys scripta elegans)
2011-JAN-08 1510 hours Calhound County Matt Connior
Lizard Common Five-lined Skink
(Plestiodon fasciatus)
2011-JAN-28 1140 hours Marion County Glen Chapman
Frog Call Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer),
Cajun Chorus Frog (Pseudacris fouquettei), and
Southern Leopard Frog (Lithobates sphenocephalus)
2011-JAN-30 1840 hours El Dorado,
Union County
Matt Connior
Alligator American Alligator
(Alligator mississippiensis)
2011-FEB-14 1526 hours Bois d'Arc Lake,
Hempstead County
Jesse L. Evans
Venomous Snake Western Cottonmouth
(Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma)
2011-FEB-11 1130 hours Polk County Thomas Belford

Year 2010

First... Species Date Time Location Submitted By
Frog Green Frog
(Lithobates clamitans)
2010-JAN-01 1448 hours Madison County Thomas Belford
Salamander Oklahoma Salamander
(Eurycea tynerensis)
2010-JAN-01 <1649 hours Devil's Den State Park,
Washington County
Adam Leslie
Snake, Nonvenomous Snake Rough Earthsnake
(Virginia striatula)
2010-JAN-08 1300 hours El Dorado,
Union County
Matt Connior
Turtle River Cooter
(Pseudemys concinna)
2010-JAN-17 1515 hours Ouachita River,
Calhoun County
Matt Connior
Lizard Prairie Lizard
(Sceloporus consobrinus)
2010-JAN-17 1600 hours Faulkner County Josh Summitt
Frog Call Spring Peeper
(Pseudacris crucifer)
2010-JAN-19 1800 hours Arkadelphia,
Clark County
Tobin Fulmer
With Special Status Eastern Tiger Salamander
(Ambystoma tigrinum)
2010-JAN-23 ~ 2100 hours Near Bentonville,
Benton County
Brad and Reagan Birchfield, Jeff Kimmons,
Kory Roberts, and James Van Dyke
Venomous Snake Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake
(Crotalus atrox)
2010-MAR-07 1500 hours N/A Jeremy Sloan
Alligator American Alligator
(Alligator mississippiensis)
2010-MAR-14 N/A Little River County "Southerner"
New County Record N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Year 2009

First... Species Date Time Location Submitted By
Salamander, With Special Status Mole Salamander
(Ambystoma talpoideum)
01-JAN-2009 0012 hours Greene County Jonathan Stanley
Frog Southern Leopard Frog
(Lithobates sphenocephalus utricularius)
03-JAN-2009 1100 hours Bella Vista,
Benton County
Kory Roberts
Lizard Prairie Lizard
(Sceloporus consobrinus)
12-JAN-2009 ? hours Near Waldron,
Scott County
Eric East
Turtle Mississippi Map Turtle
(Graptemys pseudogeographica)
18-JAN-2009 1300 hours Harris Brake Lake,
Perry County
Glenn Manning
Snake, Nonvenomous Snake Plain-bellied Water Snake
(Nerodia erythrogaster)
03-FEB-2009 1400 hours L'Anguille River,
Cross County
Ben Thesing
Alligator American Alligator
(Alligator mississippiensis)
05-MAR-2009 1700 hours Sulphur River WMA,
Miller County
Ed Black
Venomous Snake Western Cottonmouth
(Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma)
07-MAR-2009 1400 hours Lonoke County Thomas Belford
New County Record Southern Painted Turtle
(Chrysemys dorsalis)
25-MAR-2009 1330 hours Near Pond Creek NWR,
Sevier County
Kory Roberts

Year 2008

First... Species Date Time Location Submitted By
Frog Southern Leopard Frog
(Lithobates sphenocephalus utricularius)
05-JAN-2008 2230 hours Miller County Ed Black
Salamander Western Slimy Salamander
(Plethodon albagula)
06-JAN-2008 1230 hours Hot Springs,
Garland County
Tony Gendusa
Lizard Northern Green Anole
(Anolis carolinensis carolinensis)
02-FEB-2008 1130 hours Garland County Tony Gendusa
Turtle Red-eared Slider
(Trachemys scripta elegans)
04-FEB-2008 1630 hours Hempstead County Ryan Klare
Snake, Nonvenomous Snake Eastern Gartersnake
(Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis)
05-FEB-2008 ? Crawford County Brad Birchfield
Venomous Snake Western Cottonmouth
(Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma)
07-FEB-2008 ? ? Phillip Jordan
With Special Status Ozark Zigzag Salamander
(Plethodon angusticlavius)]]
16-FEB-2008 1900 hours Bella Vista,
Benton County
Kory Roberts
Alligator American Alligator
(Alligator mississippiensis)
15-MAR-2008 ? Grassy Lake,
Hempstead County
Jason Phillips
New County Record Mole Salamander
(Ambystoma talpoideum)
? ? Lake City,
Craighead County
Phillip Jordan

Year 2007

First... Species Date Time Location Submitted By
Lizard Northern Green Anole
(Anolis carolinensis carolinensis)
01-JAN-2007 1200 hours Hot Springs Village,
Saline County
Pam and Jesse Trevino
Salamander Spotted Salamander
(Ambystoma maculatum)
13-JAN-2007 PM HEA WMA,
Sharp county
Josh Engelbert and
Melissa Patrick
Frog Spring Peeper
(Pseudacris crucifer)
13-JAN-2007 1530 hours HEA WMA,
Sharp county
Josh Engelbert and
Melissa Patrick
Snake, Nonvenomous Snake Northern Diamond-backed Watersnake
(Nerodia rhombifer rhombifer)
13-JAN-2007 PM Hope,
Hempstead County
Ryan Klare
Turtle Eastern River Cooter
(Pseudemys concinna)
14-JAN-2007 PM Furlow,
Lonoke County
Anja Buffalo
With Special Status Mole Salamander
(Ambystoma talpoideum)
26-JAN-2007 1530 hours Greene County ASU Natural History
of the Vertebrates class
Venomous Snake Timber Rattlesnake
(Crotalus horridus)
03-MAR-2007 1300 hours Crawford/Franklin County Erica Shelby
New County Record Cave Salamander
(Eurycea lucifuga)
10-MAR-2007 1100 hours Franklin County Glenn Manning and
Kory Roberts
Alligator American Alligator
(Alligator mississippiensis)
27-MAR-2007 1230 hours Cossatot NWR,
Sevier County
Kory Roberts

Year 2006

First... Species Date Time Location Submitted By
Snake, Nonvenomous Snake Texas Ratsnake
(Pantherophis obsoletus)
05-JAN-2006 1600 hours Piggott,
Clay Co.
Jamie Randolph
Frog Fowler's Toad
(Anaxyrus fowleri)
08-JAN-2006 1345 hours Burns Park,
Pulaski Co.
Cyndi Porter
Turtle Eastern River Cooter
(Pseudemys concinna)
08-JAN-2006 1415 hours Burns Park,
Pulaski Co.
Cyndi Porter
Salamander, With Special Status Ozark Zigzag Salamander
(Plethodon angusticlavius)
08-JAN-2006 1600 hours Bella Vista,
Benton Co.
Kory Roberts
Alligator American Alligator
(Alligator mississippiensis)
28-FEB-2006 ? Pond Creek NWR,
Sevier Co.
Ed Black
Lizard Five-lined Skink
(Plestiodon fasciatus)
02-MAR-2006 ? Flippin,
Marion Co.
Glen Chapman
Venomous Snake Western Pygmy Rattlesnake
(Sistrurus miliarius streckeri)
14-MAR-2006 1130 hours Fayetteville,
Washington Co.
Glenn Manning and
James Van Dyke
New County Record Red-bellied Snake
(Storeria occipitomaculata)
28-APR-2006 PM Logoly State Park,
Columbia Co.
Kory Roberts

Year 2005

First... Species Date Time Location Submitted By
Snake, Nonvenomous Snake Rough Earthsnake
(Virginia striatula)
01-JAN-2005 AM Texarkana,
Miller Co.
Ed Black
Frog Southern Leopard Frog
(Lithobates sphenocephalus utricularius)
02-JAN-2005 1400 hours Bell Slough WMA,
Faulkner Co.
Cyndi Porter
Salamander Dark-sided Salamander
(Eurycea longicauda melanopleura)
03-JAN-2005 1420 hours Bella Vista,
Benton Co.
Kory Roberts
Turtle, With Special Status Three-toed Box Turtle
(Terrapene carolina triunguis)
18-JAN-2005 1400 hours Elkins,
Washington Co.
Tyler Olcott
Venomous Snake Southern Copperhead
(Agkistrodon contortrix contortrix)
21-JAN-2005 1135 hours Norfork,
Baxter Co.
Glen Chapman
Lizard Northern Green Anole
(Anolis carolinensis carolinensis)
04-FEB-2005 1500 hours Ferndale,
Pulaski Co.
Cyndi Porter
Alligator American Alligator
(Alligator mississippiensis)
21-FEB-2005 ? Bois D'arc Lake,
Hempstead Co.
tsh71730
New County Record Southern Red-backed Salamander
(Plethodon serratus)
26-FEB-2005 1500 hours Ferndale,
Pulaski Co.
Cyndi Porter

Rules

  • Specimen MUST be observed in Arkansas (or reasonably close to the state).
  • Specimen MUST be wild; NOT captive or newly released.
  • Specimen MUST be alive or DOR at time of observation.
  • Specimen MUST be identified to the species level. (Exceptions would be visually identical species, such as "Gray Treefrog", "Slimy Salamander", etc.)
  • Specimen MUST be identified by sight, NOT by call only. (Exception for the "Frog Call" category.)
  • Specimen MAY be captured so that it is "in hand", but this is not mandatory. (Species that are venomous or with special status should NOT be touched or aggravated at all.)
  • Specimen MAY count for more than one category, such as "First Snake" and "First Nonvenomous Snake".
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