Amphibians, reptiles and turtles are protected, so do not try to catch them, pick them up or move them – for your safety and theirs.
It's also important to wash and disinfect your boots or gear between sites to avoid moving diseases, parasites and invasive species around.
Here are a few other safety reminders for exploring outdoors:
- Try not to go alone – if you do, tell someone where you're going and when you plan to return
- Watch children closely
- Don’t wade into ponds or marshes – you'll scare the frogs and you may slip and fall
- Leave dogs at home because they'll frighten away any amphibians or reptiles – if you do bring one along, have it on a leash
- Have a first aid kit in the car and a change of clothes in case you get wet
- Watch for stinging insects – bring your sting kit along if you have an allergy
- Be careful of wasps nests, they can be hidden on the ground near logs
- Ask permission from land owners before frogwatching on private land