Every observation is important – any information about herpetofauna (frogs, toads, salamanders, snakes, lizards and turtles) helps us to identify:

  • Declining trends or loss of species
  • Areas of high conservation concern
  • Conservation measures that need to be taken

Identifying Amphibians, Reptiles & Turtles

Be careful not to disturb any amphibians, reptiles or turtles that you find. Try to identify them using one of these resources:

Become a Frogwatcher

Whether you have scientific training or not, help gather and share scientific data about amphibians in B.C.

Search for Frog & Toad Data

Maps: Lookup maps that contain observation data for amphibians and reptiles in B.C.

While there are some tools available for analysis, the BC Frogwatch Atlas is primarily a species range visualizing tool. Also, note that the exact location of the observation has been masked and off-set due to data-sensitivity and private land sensitivities.

Catalogues and data: Access scientific information using one of the provincial government's environmental data sources.

Amphibian Field Guides & Natural History Resources

Corkran, Charlotte C. and Chris Thoms. 2006. Amphibians of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Lone Pine Publishing, Edmonton. 2nd Edition.

Green, D.M. ed. 1997. Amphibians in Decline: Canadian studies of a global problem. Herpetological Conservation 1. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.

Heyer, W.R., M.A. Donelly, R.W. McDairmid, L.C. Hayek, and M.S. Foster. 1994. Measuring and Monitoring Biological Diversity: Standard Methods for Amphibians. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C.

Leonard, William P, H.A. Brown, L.L.C. Jones, K.R. McAllister, and R.M. Storm. 1993. Amphibians of Washington and Oregon. Seattle Audubon Society, The Trailside Series. Seattle, WA.

Matsuda, B.M., D.M. Green, and P.T. Gregory. 2006. Amphibians and Reptiles of British Columbia. Royal BC Museum Handbook. Victoria, B.C.

Nussbaum, Ronald A., E.D. Brodie, Jr, and R.M. Storm. 1983. Amphibians and Reptiles of the Pacific Northwest. University of Idaho Press, Moscow, Idaho.

Olson, D., W.P. Leonard, and R.B. Bury, eds. 1997. Sampling Amphibians in Lentic Habitats: Methods and Approaches for the Pacific Northwest. Northwest Fauna No. 4. Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology, Olympia, WA.

Phillips, Kathryn. 1994. Tracing the Vanishing Frogs. St. Martin's Press, New York.