Citizen Science: Carolina Herp Atlas

Now that the weather has warmed, families (and many critters) are spending more time outside enjoying the warm temperatures. As you’re out and about, consider keeping an eye out for native reptiles and amphibians and tracking your sightings through the Carolina Herp Atlas. By reporting your observations, you can help scientists better understand these animals so improved conservation efforts can be implemented.

The first step is to create an account on the Carolina Herp Atlas’ website. After you register, simply start observing! When you see a reptile or amphibian, note the species and details of your sighting such as the time of day, specific location, and the animal’s behavior or condition. If possible, take a photo of the animal to verify the sighting. You can then log in to your account and upload all of the information you gathered.

Copperhead

Copperhead

Our Herpetology Department is currently participating by logging herp sightings on Greensboro Science Center grounds. Staff is on the lookout for scaly and slimy friends to assist their efforts. So far, our team has spotted the following on the property:

  • Brown Snake
  • Worm Snake
  • Rough Earth Snake
  • Red Bellied Snake
  • Copperhead Snake
  • Cope’s Gray Treefrog
  • Green Frog
  • Five lined Skink
  • Painted Turtle

Reporting our findings is an easy way we feel we can help the greater scientific community. We hope you will consider supporting this effort as well!

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