Amphibian and Reptile Surveys
In order to adequately conduct surveys for these species, a thorough knowledge of their life history is required. Understanding when and where individuals are most likely to be found, as well as the techniques that are most likely to detect their presence, are the greatest challenges to conducting an effective survey.
One of the aspects that makes these animals so interesting is their great diversity of behaviors, habitats, and survival strategies; but, this can also make them difficult to locate. With the advent of smaller radiotelemetry devices and GPS dataloggers, the amount of information about wildlife movements and habitat use has grown tremendously. Keeping up with advances in our knowledge requires continually networking with other professionals in the field, attending professional herpetological meetings, and keeping current on literature published in scientific journals.
Some of the techniques I commonly use for surveying include:
In addition to general herpetological surveys, I have conducted surveys for the following species: