The Vermont Reptile & Amphibian Atlas

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Optimum Sustainable Population

Jim Andrews contributed the “Biodiversity” chapter in What is an Optimum / Sustainable Population for Vermont?, a report published in 2013 by Vermonters for a Sustainable Population.

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Thank you for your interest in Vermont's reptiles and amphibians!

Our Mission: The Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas Project collects and disseminates data needed to make informed recommendations regarding the state status, state rank, and conservation of Vermont’s reptiles and amphibians. With the help of volunteers, collaborations with conservation organizations, and staff members, we are continuing to collect information and broaden our knowledge base regarding the natural history, distribution, and effective conservation of Vermont’s Reptiles and Amphibians. The ultimate goal of the Atlas is to gather and disseminate the data that are needed on the reptiles and amphibians of Vermont in a way that involves and informs Vermont individuals and organizations so that they can become more informed and effective stewards of wildlife habitat.

Curious as to what species we're most curious about right now?

Check out our lists of Most Wanted and Rarest
or Common Species that Need Documentation

Become Involved: Realize how little we actually know about the distribution of Vermont's Reptiles & Amphibians, and how easily you can help! We welcome your help in all its forms: contributing records individually or as organizations, funding, and through education. Take a look at our calendar, then join us at an event nearby and find out about conferences, courses at local colleges, guided walks, and much more.

The Atlas: All of our species maps now include data through the end of 2010. Thank you to every observer and contributor out there! These maps are being added online, and are linked through our overall list and within each species information page.

Our printed Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas: 2013 Update is available! This is not an identification guide, but rather a printed version of all of our latest Vermont reptile and amphibian distribution maps and associated resource information. Since our first Atlas was published in 1995, over 5,000 contributors have added more than 50,000 additional records to our database. These much-improved maps reflect the current state of our distribution knowledge. Want one for yourself, your class, your friends? Write an e-mail, send a note, or call to order one ($15.00 includes VT sales tax, add $3 for shipping). Checks should be made out to Naturally Inspired. All profits help support the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas!

Background Information: Learn more about Vermont Herpetology and its history in Vermont here on our website. Purchase a reference Poster (on sale for half-price!) and a fascinating DVD for your home, classroom, school, library, or scout group. Read about us in the news. Explore our site’s extensive extras.

This site provides an important resource for people interested in Vermont's Reptiles and Amphibians, and their conservation. It presents what we know today about the distribution of individual species in Vermont, and identifies gaps in this knowledge. Beyond this, we hope to encourage people to help fill in the many gaps remaining in our records. We also hope to stimulate and support research and conservation initiatives throughout the state.

We would also like to both recognize and thank our financial supporters; without their contributions this important conservation work would not be possible. We also appreciate the Vermont Book Shop for making our posters and DVD more widely available.

Feel free to copy any part of this website for non-profit conservation or educational purposes. Just give credit for it. Our website continues to expand and become a better resource. Feel free to correspond with us about it at any time.

For more information please contact:

James S. Andrews
The Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas Project
642 Smead Road
Salisbury, VT  05769
Phone: (802) 352-4734

Support the Atlas Project!

If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution in any amount, please make a check payable to Vermont Family Forests, write "Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas" in the memo field, and send it to:

The Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas Project
642 Smead Road
Salisbury, VT 05769

More information about how we’re organized within the non-profit Vermont Family Forests is on our Support and Funding page.

Seen a Herp? Tell us!

Submit an Observation
You can submit observations electronically or by printing and mailing our form.

We have observation and submission tips, too:
About Submitting, with instructions, extra hints, and choice of forms.

This 2014 is the Year of the Salamander, according to the Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation. Celebrate with us!

Ring-necked snake, Diadophis punctatus Gray Treefrog, Hyla versicolor