• Canoeists paddle by tree lined shores

    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN


a green and brown frog with black spots, sits on sand

A Leopard Frog pauses on a sandy shore

NPS Photo

A Checklist Of Amphibians Of The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
Revised 2/26/2004

CAUDATA - salamanders
Proteidae - mudpuppies and waterdogs
___ Mudpuppy Necturus maculosus
Ambystomatidae - mole salamanders
___ Blue-spotted Salamander Ambystoma laterale
___ Spotted Salamander Ambystoma aculatum
___ Tiger Salamander Ambystoma tigrinum
Salamandridae - newts
___ Eastern Newt / Red Eft Notophtalmus viridescens
Plethodontidae - lungless salamanders
___ Four-toed Salamander Hemidactylium scutatum
___ Eastern Red-backed Salamander Plethodon cinereus

SALIENTIA - frogs and toads
Bufonidae - toads
___ American Toad Bufo americanus
Hylidae - treefrogs
___ Western Chorus Frog Pseudacris triseriata
___ Spring Peeper Pseudacris crucifer
___ Cope's Gray Treefrog Hyla chrysoscelis
___ Gray Treefrog Hyla versicolor
Ranidae - true frogs
___ * Leopard Frog Rana pipiens
___ * Pickerel Frog Rana palustris
___ Bullfrog Rana catesbeiana
___ Green Frog Rana clamitans
___ Mink Frog Rana septentrionalis
___ * Wood Frog Rana sylvatica

* Population is listed as endangered, threatened, rare, or of special concern by state and/or federal agencies.

Did You Know?

winged dragonfly with a clubbed tail and yellow and black markings

A new species of dragonfly, the St. Croix Snaketail, was discovered within St. Croix NSR in 1989. It has only been found to reproduce in one other river in Wisconsin. It prefers large streams with fast flow and clean water, abundant cobble and gravel with sand bottoms in forested watersheds. More...