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Reptiles and Amphibians of North America

Schechter Natural History is building field guides for the modern explorer. Our Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of North America is the most comprehensive digital field guide available. It contains illustrations and details for nearly 700 different species of herps (reptiles and amphibians). Available now for both Android and iOS

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Bird Codes

In the world of ornithology and bird watching, alpha codes are a shorthand for describing a specific bird. These codes are an abbreviation of a bird’s common(4 letters) or scientific(6 letters) name and are used in banding data, field notes, and other data collection projects. Schechter Natural History’s Bird Codes is a simple tool to look up bird reporting codes for the ABA and AOU.

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Reptiles and Amphibians of North America

Contains nearly 700 species of reptiles and amphibians

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

The Loggerhead Sea Turtle is one of 6 sea turtles found in North America. Loggerheads are named for their relatively large heads. They use their large heads and powerful jaws to feed on hard-shelled prey such as conchs and whelks.

Zebra-tailed Lizard

Zebra-tailed lizards are known for their black and white striped tails, which they often curl upright. You can find them in the deserts of the southwestern United States.

Comal Blind Salamander

Blind salamanders are rare cave-dwelling amphibians native to the southern United States. They are highly adapted for life underground and have no pigment making them appear white or translucent.
Reptiles and Amphibians of North America
Bird Codes