An Annotated List of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Hardin County, Ohio

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The relative abundance of 10 species of amphibians and 15 species of reptiles in Hardin County, Ohio, is assessed on the basis of a five-year study. Six wide-ranging species are new county records. Industrial and agricultural activities have greatly disturbed the original habitat and have contributed to the disappearance of four previously recorded species: Spring Peeper {Hyla crucifer), Gray Tree Frog (Hyla versicolor), Northern Copperbelly (Natrix erythrogaster), and Eastern Smooth Green Snake (Opheodrys vernalis). The Pickeral Frog (Rana palustris), reported from this county, was probably misidentified and so is removed from the county list. Five additional species occur in adjacent counties and so may also be present in Hardin County, though they have not been observed there.


Author Institution: Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Biology, Richmond, Virginia 23220



The Ohio Journal of Science. v72 n2 (March, 1972), 91-96