A record 118 people participated in the spring 2005 field trip of the KANSAS HERPETOLOGICAL SOCIETY which was held in
Shawnee County, Kansas from 22-24 April 2005. The main campsite for the event was the Shawnee County State Fishing Lake.
The group spent much of Saturday collecting around the lake and at a variety of other rural locations in the county.
Many of those that participated traveled to the 21st and Gage area of Topeka on Sunday to search for some of the alien lizards
that have established themselves in Topeka. More about the "ALIEN LIZARDS OF TOPEKA" can be found by going to the
During the event a total of 501 individual amphibians, reptiles, and turtles were discovered and identified by the group.
They represented 27 different species of frogs, toads, turtles, lizards, and snakes. Neither of the two known species of
salamanders known to occur in the county were discovered.
Click here for ALIEN LIZARDS of Topeka.