Reptiles and Amphibians of Nova Scotia

The amphibians and reptiles are normally treated together as herpetofauna, although they represent two different vertebrate classes with distinct characteristics and habitat requirements. There are twenty-five species recorded from Nova Scotia, including three marine turtles.


For 13 years, osprey have been returning to build a summer home on a platform constructed by Nova Scotia Power. Through this video stream, viewers may have the opportunity to watch nest building, egg laying, incubation, hatching, and feeding and fledging of the osprey chicks. Please keep in mind that the camera is to observe these wild birds in their natural environment.


Both the specialist researcher and the ordinary reader will find something of interest in the list of museum publications.

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The Serpent Chronologies

The Serpent Chronologies, Sea Serpents and other Marine Creatures from Nova Scotia’s History is an annotated, systematic, account of reports of sightings of large serpents and other mysterious creatures recorded in Nova Scotia waters. These include Mi’kmaw petroglyphs, elements of captured oral history and documents excerpted from both the popular press as well as the scientific literature over the centuries. 

List of Mammals of Nova Scotia: Including synonyms used in the literature relating to Nova Scotia. 16 August 2010, Andrew J. Hebda, Curator of Zoology (PDF 58MB)