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Bibliography of the reptiles of
Arizona  [USA]

Note: In order to limit redundancy, relevant literature indexed in the related bibliographies in the left column may not have been included in this page. For a comprehensive search of literature, these bibliographies should therefore also be consulted.


Aguilar, R.; Servoss, J.M.; Rorabaugh, J.C.; Sredl, M.J.; Boyarski, V.L.; Swanson, P.; Sprankle, T. 2008. Partnerships foster conservation of native riparian herpetofauna. Sonoran Herpetologist 21(7): 74-77.

Aitchison, S.W.; Tomko, D.S. 1974. Amphibians and reptiles of Flagstaff, Arizona. Plateau 47(1): 18-25.

Arizona Game and Fish Department. 2002. Current list of amphibian and reptiles in Arizona and their status. Sonoran Herpetologist 15(6): 62-66.

Audsley, B.W.; Bock, C.E.; Jones, Z.F.; Bock, J.H.; Smith, H.M. 2006. Lizard abundance in an exurban southwestern savanna, and the possible importance of roadrunner predation. American Midland Naturalist 155(2): 395-401.

Averill-Murray, R.C.; Averill-Murray, A. 2006. The reptiles and other vertebrates of Ironwood Forest National Monument. Sonoran Herpetologist 19(12): 137-142.

Banville, M.J.; Bateman, H.L. 2012. Urban and wildland herpetofauna communities and riparian microhabitats along the Salt River, Arizona. Urban Ecosystems 15(2): 473-488.

Bartlett, R.D. 1994. The Chiricahuas: mountain islands in the Arizona desert. Tropical Fish Hobbyist 43(2): 89-96, 98, 100-102.

Bartlett, R.D. 1995. Mountain islands in the Arizona Desert: the Huachucas. Tropical Fish Hobbyist 43(12): 162, 164, 166, 168, 170-178.

Bartlett, R.D. 1996. Herping Arizona: the Sonoran Desert. Tropical Fish Hobbyist 44(7): 138-140, 142-144, 146, 148-158, 160.

Bateman, H.L.; Merritt, D.M.; Glenn, E.P.; Nagler, P.L. 2015. Indirect effects of biocontrol of an invasive riparian plant (Tamarix) alters habitat and reduces herpetofauna abundance. Biological Invasions 17(1): 87-97.

Bezy, R.L.; Cole, C.J. 2014. Amphibians and reptiles of the Madrean Archip of Arizona and New Mexico. American Museum Novitates 3810: 1-23.

Bock, C.E.; Jones, Z.F.; Bock, J.H. 2007. Relationships between species richness, evenness, and abundance in a southwestern Savanna. Ecology (Washington, D.C.) 88(5): 1322-1327.

Brattstrom, B.H.; Brattstrom, M.A. 2007. Amphibians and reptiles of the Big Sandy River drainage, Mohave County, Arizona (from upper Trout Creek junction to Alamo Lake). Sonoran Herpetologist 20(11): 116-117.

Brattstrom, B.H.; Brattstrom, M.A. 2007. Amphibians and reptiles of the Big Sandy River drainage, Mohave County, Arizona (from upper Trout Creek junction to Alamo Lake). Sonoran Herpetologist 20(6): 66-67.

Brennan, T.C.; Holycross, A.T. 2005. A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County. Arizona Game and Fish Department, Phoenix, Arizona. 68 pp.

Brennan, T.C.; Holycross, A.T. 2006. A field guide to amphibians and reptiles in Arizona. Arizona Game and Fish Department, Phoenix. 150 pp.

Buus, T.C. 1983. Herpetological records from northwestern Arizona. Herpetological Review 14(2): 53-54.

Campbell, B. 1934. Report on a collection of reptiles and amphibians made in Arizona during the summer of 1933. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology University of Michigan 289: 1-10.

Carothers, S.W.; Goldberg, N.H. 1976. Life after the rain of fire. The biology of the Wupatki and Sunset Crater region. Plateau 49(2): 14-21.

Castellano, J. 1987. State report - Arizona. Desert Tortoise Council Proceedings of Symposium 9: 58-59.

Chenoweth, W.L. 1950. Records of amphibians and reptiles from New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Sciences 53: 532-534.

Coues, E. 1876. Synopsis of the reptiles and batrachians of Arizona; with critical and field notes, and an extensive synonymy. pp. 585-633. In: Wheeler's Rep. Geogr. Explor. W. of 100th mer., v. Zoology. Washington, D.C.

Cowles, R.B.; Bogert, C.M. 1936. The herpetology of the Boulder Dam region (Nev., Ariz., Utah). Herpetologica 1936(1): 33-42.

Cutler, T.L.; Morrison, M.L. 1998. Habitat use by small vertebrates at two water developments in southwestern Arizona. Southwestern Naturalist 43(2): 155-162.

Denburgh, J. van 1912. Notes on a collection of reptiles from southern California and Arizona. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences (Ser. 4) 3: 147-154.

Denburgh, J. van; Slevin, J.R. 1913. A list of the amphibians and reptiles of Arizona with notes on the species in the collection of the Academy. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences (Ser. 4) 3: 391-454.

Dimmitt, M.A.; Wentworth Comus, P.; Brewer, L.M. (eds.). 2015. A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert. 2nd ed. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press, Tucson, Arizona & University of California Press, Oakland, California. 575 pp.

Duellman, W.E. 1955. Notes on reptiles and amphibians from Arizona. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology University of Michigan 569: 1-14.

Durham, F.E. 1956. Amphibians and reptiles of the North Rim, Grand Canyon, Arizona. Herpetologica 12: 220-224.

Eaton, T.H. 1935. Amphibians and reptiles of the Navaho Country. Copeia 1935: 150-151.

Enderson, E.F.; Bezy, R.L. 2010. A checklist of the species of amphibians and reptiles of Arizona. Sonoran Herpetologist 23(9): 122-126.

Flesch, A.D.; Swann, D.E.; Turner, D.S.; Powell, B.F. 2010. Herpetofauna of the Rincon Mountains, Arizona. Southwestern Naturalist 55(2): 240-253.

Fowlie, J.A. 1965. The snakes of Arizona. Azul Quinta Press, Fallbrook, California. 164 pp.

Fowlie, J.A. 1968. The 'snakepit' of Alamo Canyon, Ajo Mtns., Arizona. Herpeton 3(1): 4-6.

Gates, G.O. 1957. A study of the herpetofauna in the vicinity of Wickenburg, Maricopa County, Arizona. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Sciences 60: 403-418.

Germaine, S.S. 1995. Relationships of birds, lizards, and nocturnal rodents to their habitat in the greater Tucson area, Arizona. Arizona Game and Fish Department Research Branch Technical Report 20: 1-47.

Germaine, S.S.; Wakeling, B.F. 2001. Lizard species distributions and habitat occupation along an urban gradient in Tucson, Arizona, USA. Biological Conservation 97(2): 229-237.

Germano, D.J.; Hungerford, C.R. 1981. Reptile population changes with manipulation of Sonoran desert shrub. Great Basin Naturalist 41(1): 129-138.

Gerow, K.; Kline, N.C.; Swann, D.E.; Pokorny, M. 2010. Estimating annual vertebrate mortality on roads at Saguaro National Park, Arizona. Human-Wildlife Interactions 4(2): 283-292.

Gloyd, H.K. 1937. A herpetological consideration of faunal areas in southern Arizona. Bulletin of the Chicago Academy of Sciences 5: 79-136.

Gloyd, H.K. 1937. The Chicago Academy of Sciences Arizona Expedition, April-June, 1937. Prog. Activ. Chicago Acad. Sci. 8(1-2): 1-26.

Gloyd, H.K. 1940. In Saquaro Land. An account of the Offield-Beaty Expedition of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, May-June 1940. Chicago Naturalist 3: 67-78, 111-124.

Hahn, D.E.; May, C.J. 1972. Noteworthy Arizona herpetofaunal records. Herpetological Review 4(3): 91-92.

Hensley, M.M. 1950. Results of a herpetological reconnaissance in extreme southwestern Arizona and adjacent Sonora, with a description of a new subspecies of the Sonoran whipsnake, Masticophis bilineatus. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Sciences 53: 270-288.

Howes, P.G. 1954. The giant cactus forest and its world. Duell, Sloan & Pearce, New York. 258 pp.

Hulse, A.C. 1973. Herpetofauna of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, East Central Arizona. Journal of Herpetology 7(3): 275-282.

Ivanyi, C.; Perry, J.; Devender, T.R. van; Lawler, H. 2000. Reptile and amphibian accounts. pp. 533-585. In: Phillips, S.J.; Comus, P.W. (eds.). A natural history of the Sonoran Desert. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press & University of California Press, Tucson, Berkeley & Los Angeles. 628 pp.

Jakle, M.C.; Gatz, T.A. 1985. Herpetofaunal use of four habitats of the middle Gila River drainage, Arizona. U.S. Forest Service General Technical Report RM 120: 355-358.

Jett, S.C. 1972. Biogeographical notes on the Kanab Canyon System, Mohave and Coconino Counties, Arizona. Plateau 45(1): 1-16.

Johnson, S.R.; Stark, M. 2012. An exploration of the lizard community at Homolavi State Park with notes on predator signaling in Plateau Fence Lizards. Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society 47(3): 36-37.

Jones, K.B. 1979. Effects of overgrazing on the lizards of five upper and lower Sonoran habitat types. Cal-Neva Wildlife 1979: 88-101.

Jones, K.B. 1981. Effects of grazing on lizard abundance and diversity in western Arizona. Southwestern Naturalist 26(2): 107-115.

Jones, K.B. 1988. Comparison of herpetofaunas of a natural and altered riparian ecosystem. U.S. Forest Service General Technical Report RM 166: 222-227.

Jones, K.B. 1988. Distribution and habitat associations of herpetofauna in Arizona: comparisons by habitat type. U.S. Forest Service General Technical Report RM 166: 109-128.

Jones, K.B.; Abbas, D.R.; Bergstedt, T. 1981. Herpetological records from central and northeastern Arizona. Herpetological Review 12(1): 16.

Jones, K.B.; Conley Glinski, P. 1985. Microhabitats of lizards in a southwestern riparian community. U.S. Forest Service General Technical Report RM 120: 342-346.

Jones, K.B.; Kepner, L.P.; Martin, T.E. 1985. Species of reptiles occupying habitat islands in western Arizona: a deterministic assemblage. Oecologia (Heidelberg) 66(4): 595-601.

Jones, K.B.; Porzer, L.M.; Bothwell, K.J. 1982. Herpetological records from west-central Arizona. Herpetological Review 13(2): 54.

Jones, L.L.C. 2009. Lizard diversity at Marijilda Canyon and Lower Swift Trail, Graham County, Arizona. Sonoran Herpetologist 22(9): 94-98.

Jones, L.L.C.; Lovich, R.E. (eds.). 2009. Lizards of the American southwest. A photographic field guide. Rio Nuevo Publishers, Tucson, Arizona. 568 pp.

Jones, L.L.C.; Painter, C.W. 2005. Herpetology of the Coronado National Forest: managing our natural heritage. U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station Proceedings RMRS-P 36: 333-336.

Jones, T.R.; Babb, R.D.; Hensley, F.R.; LiWanPo, C.; Sullivan, B.K. 2011. Sonoran desert snake communities at two sites: concordance and effects of increased road traffic. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 6(1): 61-71.

Kauffeld, C.F. 1943. Field notes on some Arizona reptiles and amphibians. American Midland Naturalist 29(2): 342-359.

Keasey, M.S. 1969. Some records of reptiles at the Arizona-Sonora desert museum. International Zoo Yearbook 9: 16-17.

Keasey, M.S. 1971. Are turtles scarce in the desert? International Turtle and Tortoise Society Journal 5(4): 6-9.

King, F.W. 1932. Arizona records from the vicinity of Mormon Lake. Copeia 1932: 99.

King, F.W. 1932. Herpetological records and notes from the vicinity of Tucson, Arizona, July/August 1930. Copeia 1932: 175-177.

Lazaroff, D.W.; Rosen, P.C.; Lowe, C.H. 2006. Amphibians, reptiles, and their habitats at Sabino Canyon. University of Arizona Press, Tucson. 184 pp.

Lemos-Espinal, J.A. 2015. Amphibians and reptiles of the US-Mexico border states. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, 614 pp.

Little, E.L. 1940. Amphibians and reptiles of the Roosevelt Reservoir area, Arizona. Copeia 1940: 260-265.

Lowe, C.H. (ed.) 1964. The vertebrates of Arizona. Annotated checklist of the vertebrates of the state: the species and where they live. University of Arizona Press, Tucson. 270 pp.

Lowe, C.H. 1985. Amphibians and reptiles in southwest riparian ecosystems. U.S. Forest Service General Technical Report RM 120: 339-341.

Lowe, C.H.; Holm, P.A. 1992. A checklist of amphibians and reptiles of Chiricahua National Monument. Southwest Parks and Monuments Association, Tucson. 6 pp.

Lowe, C.H.; Schwalbe, C.R.; Johnson, T.B. 1986. The venomous reptiles of Arizona. Arizona Game and Fish Department, Arizona. 115 pp.

MacCoy, C.V. 1932. Herpetological notes from Tucson, Arizona. Occasional Papers Boston Society of Natural History 8: 11-24.

Martin, B. 1974. Distribution and habitat adaptations in rattlesnakes of Arizona. Herp 10(3-4): 12.

McKee, E.D.; Bogert, C.M. 1934. The amphibians and reptiles of Grand Canyon National Park. Copeia 1934: 178-180.

Mills, D. 2009. Border fence conflicts. Sonoran Herpetologist 22(10): 110, 112-113.

Mitchell, J.C. 1979. Ecology of southeastern Arizona whiptail lizards (Cnemidophorus: Teiidae): population densities, resource partitioning and niche overlap. Canadian Journal of Zoology 57(7): 1487-1499.

Morrison, M.L.; Block, W.M.; Hall, L.S.; Stone, H.S. 1995. Habitat characteristics and monitoring of amphibians and reptiles in the Huachuca Mountains, Arizona. Southwestern Naturalist 40(2): 185-192.

Murphy, J.C. 2018. Arizona's Amphibians & Reptiles: A Natural History and Field Guide. Book Services US. 332 pp.

Non Game Branch of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. 2004. Reptiles of Arizona. Sonoran Herpetologist 17(2): 15-21.

Ortenburger, A.I.; Ortenburger, R.D. 1927. Field observations on some amphibians and reptiles of Pima County, Arizona. Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science 6: 101-121.

Parker, J.M.; Brito, S. 2013. Reptiles & Amphibians of the Mojave Desert A Field Guide. Snell Press, Las Vegas. 184 pp.

Peters, U. 1964. Beobachtungen an Echsen in Texas und Arizona. DATZ (Die Aquarien- und Terrarien-Zeitschrift) 17: 21-23.

Prival, D.B.; Schroff, M. 2001. List of amphibians and reptiles of Arizona. Sonoran Herpetologist 14(9): 98-100.

Quaintance, C.W. 1935. Reptiles and amphibians from Eagle Creek, Greenlee County, Arizona. Copeia 1985: 183-185.

Reichman, O.J.; Ruffner, G.A. 1977. Life in a narrow world: Grand Canyon ecology. Plateau 49(4): 18-23.

Repp, R. 1998. Wintertime observations on five species of reptiles in the Tucson area: sheltersite selections/fidelity to sheltersites/notes on behavior. Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society 33(3): 49-56.

Repp, R. 2000. Herping Arizona: 1999, the "La Nina" year, Part 1. (Another friggin' drought, snow in April, substantial summer rains, and another friggin' drought.). Sonoran Herpetologist 13(3): 26-30.

Repp, R. 2000. Herping Arizona: 1999, the "La Nina" year, Part 2. (Another friggin' drought, snow in April, substantial summer rains, and another friggin' drought.). Sonoran Herpetologist 13(4): 38-40.

Repp, R. 2001. Herping Arizona: 2000 in review. Sonoran Herpetologist 14(3): 26-31.

Repp, R.A. 2003. Herping Arizona - 2002 in review. Sonoran Herpetologist 16(3): 26-30.

Repp, R.A. 2009. The herpetological year in review. Sonoran Herpetologist 22(2): 16-20.

Repp, R.A. 2015. Herping for snow snakes in southern Arizona. Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society 50(7): 103-106.

Reynolds, R.P. 1979. Resource use, habitat selection, and seasonal activity of a Chihuahuan snake community. Dissertation Abstracts International (B) 39(12): 5741.

Rosen, P.C. 2000. Aquatic vertebrate conservation in Pima County: concepts and planning development. Sonoran Herpetologist 13(12): 134-141.

Rosen, P.C. 2003. Herpetology of the West Branch of the Santa Cruz River, Tucson. Sonoran Herpetologist 16(4): 38-42.

Rosen, P.C. 2005. Lowland riparian herpetofaunas: the San Pedro River in southeastern Arizona. U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station Proceedings RMRS-P 36: 106-111.

Rosen, P.C.; Lowe, C.H. 1994. Highway mortality of snakes in the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona. Biological Conservation 68(2): 143-148.

Rosen, P.C.; Radke, W.R.; Caldwell, D.J. 2005. Herpetofauna of lowland bottomlands of southeastern Arizona: a comparison of sites. U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station Proceedings RMRS-P 36: 112-117.

Rudd, B.T.; Bateman, H.L. 2015. Reptile use of trails in the Phoenix Mountain Parks. Herpetological Review 46(1): 15-17.

Ruthven, A.G. 1907. A collection of reptiles and amphibians from southern New Mexico and Arizona. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 23: 483-603.

Savary, B. 2007. Assistant surgeon B.I.D. Irwin on the amphibians and reptiles of Fort Buchanan, Arizona, 1857-1861. Sonoran Herpetologist 20(3): 31.

Schuett, G.W.; Feldner, M.J.; Smith, C.F.; Reiserer, R.S. (eds.). 2016. Rattlesnakes of Arizona. Vol. 1. ECO Herpetological Distribution and Publishing, Rodeo, New Mexico. 754 pp.

Schuett, G.W.; Feldner, M.J.; Smith, C.F.; Reiserer, R.S. (eds.). 2017. Rattlesnakes of Arizona. Vol. 2. ECO Herpetological Distribution and Publishing, Rodeo, New Mexico. 488 pp.

Schuett, G.W./ Smith, C.F./ Ashley, B. (eds.). 2018. Rattlesnakes of the Grand Canyon. ECO Natural History Series, Rodeo. 132 pp.

Skubowius, B. 2012. [A visit to the Reptile Recovery Station of Phoenix Herpetological Society]. (In German). Draco 13(50): 79-85.

Smith, L. 1997. Rattlesnake monitoring in Arizona. Rephiberary 232: 2-4.

Soderquist, T.R.; Middlebrook, N.R. 1984. New herpetological records from Arizona north of the Grand Canyon. Herpetological Review 15(4): 115.

Springer, S. 1928. An annotated list of the lizards of Lee's Ferry, Arizona. Copeia 1928(169): 100-104.

Sredl, M.J. 2002. Arizona herpetological conservation issues. Sonoran Herpetologist 15(3): 32.

Stejneger, L.H. 1890. Annotated list of reptiles and batrachians collected by Dr. C. Hart Merriam and Vernon Bailey on the San Francisco Mountain Plateau and Desert of the Little Colorado, Arizona, with descriptions of new species. North American Fauna (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture) 3: 103-118.

Stejneger, L.H. 1902. The reptiles of the Huachuca Mountains, Arizona. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 25: 149-158.

Stitt, E.W.; Mau Crimmins, T.; Swann, D.E. 2005. Biogeography of amphibians and reptiles in Arizona. U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station Proceedings RMRS-P 36: 140-144.

Sullivan, B.K.; Flowers, M.A. 1998. Large iguanid lizards of urban mountain preserves in northern Phoenix, Arizona. Herpetological Natural History 6(1): 13-22.

Swann, D. 1999. Of toads and time: herpetofauna of Tonto National Monument - part 2. Sonoran Herpetologist 12(1): 2-5.

Swann, D.E. 1998. Of toads and time: herpetofauna of Tonto National Monument - Part 1. Sonoran Herpetologist 11(12): 134-136.

Swann, D.E. 2008. Amphibians and reptiles of the Rincon Mountains. Sonoran Herpetologist 21(3): 26-31.

Szaro, R.C. 1991. Wildlife communities of southwestern riparian ecosystems. pp. 172-201. In: Rodiek, J.E. & Bolen, E.G. (eds.). Wildlife and habitats in managed landscapes. Island Press, Washington, D.C. 220 pp.

Szaro, R.C.; Belfit, S.C. 1986. Herpetofaunal use of a desert riparian island and its adjacent scrub habitat. Journal of Wildlife Management 50(4): 752-761.

Tanner, W.W. 1954. Herpetological notes concerning some reptiles of Utah and Arizona. Herpetologica 10: 92-96.

Tomko, D.S. 1975. The reptiles and amphibians of the Grand Canyon. Plateau 47(4): 161-166.

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Turner, D.S.; Holm, P.A.; Wirt, E.B.; Schwalbe, C.R. 2003. Amphibians and reptiles of the Whetstone Mountains, Arizona. Southwestern Naturalist 48(3): 347-355.

Vitt, L.J. 1975. Observations on reproduction in five species of Arizona snakes. Herpetologica 31(1): 83-84.

Warren, P.L.; Schwalbe, C.R. 1985. Herpetofauna in riparian habitats along the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. U.S. Forest Service General Technical Report RM 120: 347-354.

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Williams, K.L. 1960. Taxonomic notes on Arizona herpetozoa. Southwestern Naturalist 5: 25-36.

Williams, K.L.; Chrapliwy, P.S. 1959. Selected records of amphibians and reptiles from Arizona. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Sciences 61: 299-301.

Wilson, R.W. 1942. Preliminary study of the fauna of Rampart Cave, Arizona. Publ. Carnegie Instn. Wash-ington 530: 169-185.

Woodin, W.H. 1953. Notes on some reptiles from the Huachuca area of southeastern Arizona. Bulletin of the Chicago Academy of Sciences 9(5): 285-296.

Wright, J. 1971. Account of a field trip to Arizona and Texas (August 10 to 21, 1971). Herpetology 5(4): 9-13.

Yarrow, H.C. 1876. Report upon the collections of batrachians and reptiles made in portions of Nevada, Utah, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, during the years 1871, 1872, 1873 and 1874. U.S. Geogr. Geol. Explor. Surv. West 100th Meridian 5: 509-584.

Zimmermann, P. 2011. [Herpetological observations in the U.S. state of Arizona]. (In German). Elaphe 19(4): 62-71.