Texas Amphibian Watch: Become an Amphibian Spotter
Being an Amphibian-Spotter is simple. Anytime you hear or see an amphibian of any type, you record the amphibian on data sheets we provide. We are especially interested in whether you document the presence of any deformities in the amphibians you encounter. At the end of the year you simply mail your data sheets and any maps you create to us. Your information will help us to better understand the distribution of amphibians in our state, and you will be serving as a “watchful eye” to detect any malformations in our state’s frogs, toads, and salamanders.For details on how to become an Amphibian Spotter, methodology, guidelines, and needed datasheets see the:
Several amphibians in Texas are listed as threatened or endangered (Federal and State Listed Amphibian Reptile Species of Texas). It is unlawful to capture these amphibians without a permit, although you may observe and photograph them. Regardless of the status of the amphibians, try to leave the animal and its habitat just as you found it.
Please respect the rights of private property owners during the course of your volunteer efforts. Legislation in Texas protects the rights of private property owners with regard to biological data that is collected on their property. The private Lands Access Request form will grant TPWD the right to store, summarize, and report data that you submit from private property. That information will be subject to Open Records Act requests. Do not trespass or report any data without permission. Read over the Rules of Frogging for more guidance on courtesy, ethics, and safety when working with amphibians.