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San Diego Home to Diverse Reptiles and Amphibians

San Diego’s varied landscape, its seacoast and many micro-climates makes it a hotbed of biodiversity. And that makes for a rich variety of reptiles and amphibians. We speak with a herpetologist who r

San Diego Home to Diverse Reptiles and Amphibians

Tom Fudge: San Diego County is one of our nation’s biodiversity hot spots, due to the mild weather and diverse landscape. This rule also applies to our local population of reptiles and amphibians. Geckos, desert tortoises, rattle snakes and various salamanders are all to be found in the county.

We speak with a herpetologist with the San Diego Zoo who recently published the first comprehensive field guide to local reptiles and amphibians.

Guest

  • Jeffrey Lemm, herpetologist with the San Diego Zoo. He’s author of the Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of the San Diego Region.