Reptiles and Amphibians

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Reptile and Amphibian Reporting Program (RAARP)

RAARP is a program coordinated by the NH Fish and Game Nongame & Endangered Wildlife Program where volunteers report sightings of reptiles and amphibians from spring peepers to snapping turtles. These reports are extremely valuable to biologists. Observations are used to determine the distribution of all reptiles and amphibians within New Hampshire. Reports of less common species are very important. Verified reports of rare species locations are mapped and stored in a database used for land protection and conservation purposes. Reports should be accompanied by a clear photograph whenever possible. To be added to the spring mailing list, please contact the NH Fish and Game Wildlife Division: (603) 271-5859 or email RAARP participants must obey all local, state, and federal laws while collecting reptile and amphibian location data. Observers are advised to get landowner permission before going onto private property.

NEW! Spring 2014 Letter & 2013 RAARP Summary

Three ways to report your sightings:

  1. Website: Wildlife Sightings
    Online Entry Instructions
  2. Email: Email Submission Form
  3. Print and Mail: Mail-in Reporting Form

Tools for RAARPers:

    vernal pool manual

  • Vernal pool documentation manual - NEW: Updated Vernal Pool Documentation Form Available.
    Vernal pools are temporary bodies of water that provide essential habitat for a variety of creatures. Dry basins fill as water tables rise in fall or winter and during spring snowmelt and rains; pools usually dry by mid-to late summer. For some species of amphibians and invertebrates, vernal pools are required for breeding. Other species, such as Blanding's and spotted turtles, often use vernal pools for foraging or mating. Anyone interested in locating vernal pools in their area can get detailed guidance from Identification and Documentation of Vernal Pools in New Hampshire. Click here to download (PDF - 677 KB). Updates to the vernal pool manual are underway.
Bull frog by Dwight Kuhn

The Thrill of the Hunt
Herp hunting is a fun way to connect kids with nature. From N.H. Wildlife Journal

New Hampshire reptile & amphibian information: Recent reptile & amphibian research in NH: Other reptile and amphibian links and resources:


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