What do Frogs, Toads, Salamanders, Lizards, Turtles, and Snakes All Have in Common? Among Other Things, Being the Focus of the Virginia Herpetological Society’s Annual Survey, June 11-12, 2016

Besides laying eggs (most of them) and having their metabolism regulated by the environment, they’re all “herps;” that is, they’re all studied in the science of herpetology and so they’re the focus of the annual survey by the Virginia Herpetological Society (VHS).

The VHS’ 2016 annual survey was held June 10-12 at Natural Bridge in Rockbridge County.  The work on June 11 was open to non-members of the Society; the work on June 12 was for Society members only.  The VHS notes that no experience is required to participate on June 11, , but participants should expect to come into contact with biting insects, ticks, and chiggers and so should dress accordingly.  Also, two venomous snakes, the Northern Copperhead and the Timber Rattlesnake occur in Rockbridge County.

For information on this event, other VHS activities, and news and information about Virginia’s herps, visit the Society’s main Web site at http://www.virginiaherpetologicalsociety.com.

Below are some other sources of information on Virginia’s herps:

A Guide to the Frogs and Toad of Virginia, by John D. Kloepfer and Chris S. Hobson, Special Publication Number 3, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Richmond, 2011.

Atlas of Amphibians and Reptiles in Virginia, J.C. Mitchell and K.K. Reay, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Richmond, 1999.

“The Calls of Virginia Frogs and Toads” CD, 2008, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and Lang Elliott/NatureSoundStudio. For information, see http://www.shopdgif.com/product.cfm?uid=1928838&context=&showInactive=N, or contact the Department at 4010 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230; phone: (804) 367-1000 (VTDD); e-mail: dgifweb@dgif.virginia.gov.

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, “Virginia is for Frogs” Web site, online at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/virginia-is-for-frogs/.

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, “Wildlife Information/Species Information,” for amphibians online at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/information/?t=1, and for reptiles online at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/information/?t=3.

Virginia Frog and Toad Calling Survey, coordinated by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, online at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/frogsurvey/, or contact the department at (804) 367-1000.  The Virginia program is part of the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program; these programs use the sensitivity of amphibians to water availability and quality as a tool for assessing changes or threats to aquatic systems.

Virginia Water Radio episodes on amphibians and reptiles, listed and linked at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/p/index.html.

USED 8-09 Grouper 3-18-15 American Toad at Cowbane Prairie Preserve Augusta Co Apr1 2008

American Toad at Cowbane Prairie Preserve in Augusta County, Va., April 1, 2008

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