color photo of black salamanders with yellow spots on rocks amongst leaf litter
Spotted Salamanders


An estimated 29 species of Amphibians, from the orders Caudata (Salamanders) and Anura (Frogs and Toads), exist within the borders of Buffalo National River. Efforts to locate and document all of the amphibian species, and discover new species, are currently underway.

Since amphibians, with some exceptions, require a watery environment to reproduce, most of these species can be found in and near the river's edge. Some ephemeral aquatic habitats may be found high on the mountaintops creating a unique environment resembling a lowland environment found in other ecoregions of Arkansas. These habitats exist only in spring so that species which rely on them for reproduction must act very quickly.

Toads are not required to have hydrated skin to supplement respiration. They tend to range further from the mesic conditions required by their close relatives, the frogs.

color photo of Fowler Toad nearly invisible amongst leaf litter
Fowler Toad in leaf litter


A spreadsheet of the amphibians and reptiles in the park is available here. This spreadsheet indicates the relative abundance of each species.

A Herptofaunal Inventory of Buffalo National River is the report of a survey of amphibians and reptiles conducted in 2002 and 2003.

Herpetology Checklist

Last updated: January 14, 2017

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