Amphibians and Reptiles of High Park

The types of habitat that support the highest reptile and amphibian diversity include moist forests, wet meadows, temporary spring pools and marshes. In Toronto much of this habitat has been lost or made less suitable due to drainage and changes in water tables. Fortunately, the High Park wetlands and forests still support a number of native reptiles and amphibians, as well as the non-native Red-eared Slider turtle.

You May Spot

  • Turtles - 3 species
  • Snakes - 2 species
  • Frogs and Toads - 3 species
  • Salamanders - 1 species

Herp Lists

  • Amphibians and Reptiles currently on record, Table 2 (excerpt from 2002 High Park Woodland & Savannah Management Plan). PDF (395 Kb).
Midland Painted Turtle. Photo: Colin Marcano
Midland Painted Turtle. Photo: Colin Marcano

You can help monitor and protect herps in High Park!

Find out how to submit your observations of reptiles and amphibians to iNaturalist

Check out Toronto Zoo’s Adopt-A-Pond Wetland Conservation Programme to find out out what else you can do.

Biodiversity Booklet Series

Includes: Birds, Butterflies, Spiders, Fishes, Mammals, Bees, Reptiles and Amphibians, Mushrooms, and Trees, Shrubs and Vines of Toronto. Free copies may be available at your local Toronto Public Library branch. To find out more about these free guidebooks or to download a pdf version, visit the City of Toronto's Biodiversity website.

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What's New?

Welcome to Our New Website!

By High Park Nature | September 14, 2020
Since the High Park Nature website was first launched in 2010, it has provided a wealth of information about the natural features of High Park. Now we are pleased to…

New Treatment for Buckthorn

By High Park Nature | July 9, 2020
This summer Urban Forestry is partnering in a demonstration trial with BioForest, a forest pest management company, to manage invasive buckthorn shrubs using the bioherbicide Chontrol Peat Paste. The active…

Toronto Star article, January 13, 2020

By High Park Nature | April 5, 2020
“We love High Park for its natural beauty. Will that love be the death of it?” Read the article or The Star Pressreader version

High Park Christmas Bird Count Results

By High Park Nature | December 27, 2019
The most recent High Park Christmas Bird Count was held on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 (a very windy day). The High Park route ended up with 43 species, our lowest since…

High Park Stewards Summary 2019

By High Park Nature | December 1, 2019
There were over 280 participants (between 110 individuals coming at least once) who came out to High Park Stewards field restoration events. The average number of Stewards that attended each…








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