As the weather continues to warm up, you may get a chance to see one of Oklahoma’s unique frogs, snakes, turtles or salamanders on your outdoor adventures. the third edition of A Field Guide to Oklahoma’s Amphibians and Reptiles can help you identify them.

“Kids get a rush of excitement when they see critters outside and are able to identify them,” said Rachel Bradley, wildlife diversity information specialist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “The Wildlife Department strives to get kids and families connected with nature and this book is an excellent excuse to get outdoors.”

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation originally published the book in 2005. The Department has since published updated editions including range maps, new photos and additional information.

“Oklahoma has a unique mixture of amphibians and reptiles because of its diverse habitats ranging from coastal plains to high mesas, as well as its central location in the United States,” said Greg Seivert, co-author of A Field Guide to Oklahoma’s Amphibians and Reptiles.

The third edition highlights this unique mixture and is sure to provide some family fun under the sun.  It is available for $25 by calling the Wildlife Department license section at (405) 521-3852 or downloading and completing the Outdoor Store order form on and mailing it to the Wildlife Department, P.O. Box 53465, Oklahoma City, 73152. Each purchase of the field guide comes with a one-year subscription to Outdoor Oklahoma magazine.

A Field Guide to Oklahoma’s Amphibians and Reptiles is a project of the Wildlife Department’s Wildlife Diversity Program. The Wildlife Diversity Program is committed to species of conservation concern that are not hunted or fished. Money from book sales goes to help fund the program.

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