Reptiles & Amphibians

Wood Frog in a pool. Photo: Michel Bourque

At the Arboretum, reptiles and amphibians can be found in a wide array of habitats from the old growth deciduous forests to the wide open fields and ponds scattered around the property. Spring is the best time for the casual observer to view these cold blooded critters, as most of them migrate to breeding ponds or into their summer habitats when the temperature rises in April, May and June.

A total of 15 species of reptiles and amphibians has been found in the Arboretum over the years. Taken together, they represent 70% of the total number of reptiles and amphibians species recorded on the Island of Montreal. This indicates how the habitats provided by the Arboretum are important and varied.

Amphibians and reptiles are extremely sensitive to disturbance and should under no circumstances be held or collected. Amphibians have permeable skin and contact with bug spray, sunscreen, or other hand care or skin care products can be harmful to them. If an amphibian HAS to be moved (i.e. on a dangerous roadway), make sure of your own safety first, and then assure the safety of the animal by wetting your hands before handling them - your hands should also be clean of the above mentioned products which are harmful to the amphibian you are trying to help.

As we say in the outdoors: Leave only footprints, and take only photos!

List of reptiles and amphibians found at the Arboretum