Discover Maryland's Herps

Maryland Amphibian & Reptile Atlas

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The MD Department of Natural Resources, working jointly with the Maryland Natural History Society, has begun a 5-year effort to document the distribution of all species of reptiles and amphibians in Maryland. Known as the Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas, or MARA, this project will establish systematic baseline documentation that will support future research, conservation and protection efforts.

This effort began in January 2010 and will continue statewide through December 2014.

Surveys are based upon a statewide grid system using U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) 7.5 minute quadrangle maps, each divided into six blocks approximately 10 square miles each.

This project runs on volunteers. We Need YOU!

Volunteers choose their region, conduct field work and document the roughly 95 species and subspecies of frogs, toads, salamanders, turtles, lizards and snakes known to occur in Maryland.

If you'd like to be involved in this historic effort to document our amphibians and reptiles, visit the MARA website for details and contact your County Coordinator. You can also download project materials, including the Data Form and the MARA Handbook for instruction, newsletters, identification aids and lots of other helpful information.

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Are you a MARA Volunteer with records to submit? Enter your data today!

Click here, then go to Getting Started in the left column to submit your data online. Make sure your hard work is recognized.

Other Useful Links

Lower Eastern Shore

Howard County

Carroll County

Calvert County

Towson University Herpetology Page

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Maryland Amphibian
and Reptile Atlas Project

"A Joint Project of the Natural History Society of Maryland, Inc. and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources"

For monthly newsletters of the Maryland Amphibian & Reptile Atlas Project click on Recent Newsletters and scroll down to the MARA Newsletters.

The Maryland Herpetology Field Guide is a cooperative effort of the MD Natural Heritage Program and the MD Biological Stream Survey within the Department of Natural Resources and their partners. We wish to thank all who contributed field records, text, and photographs, as well as support throughout its development.