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Star Tribune: Identify the frogs, snakes, turtles and lizards that live in our midst.

By Doug Smith
Star Tribune

Amphibians and Reptiles in MinnesotaSome have a high ewww factor. Others produce fear.

But Minnesota’s “other’’ wildlife — turtles, snakes, frogs, toads, lizards and salamanders — more often inspire awe from those who know them.

These critters that slither, hop or swim often are overshadowed by high-profile species like deer, wolves or bald eagles, but they are an integral and fascinating part of the ecosystem and, for many people, provide an early introduction to wildlife.

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