Amphibians typically spend part of their life in the water, and part on land, but they are surprisingly varied in their life cycles. They include frogs, toads, salamanders and newts.

Citizen Science

Find out more about some great herp projects, both local and national, including FrogWatch USA, the Amphibian Migration Project, and the NY Herp Atlas.

Resources, Events & Ideas

  • Amphibians and reptiles are under threat from the spread of disease, so if you are hiking or herping in wetland areas, please follow the decontamination protocol every time! If you do come across animals that show signs of ranavirus or other disease, contact the Wildlife Health Unit.
  • Amphibians are the most threatened group of animals on the planet. Read more about their situation and ways to help at the Amphibian Report Card.
  • More than 500 species of amphibian are being impacted by chytrid fungi, making it the most destructive pathogen known to man.
  • But there’s a bit of good news! Scientists have had some success battling chytrid fungus in frogs. PBS brings you up close and personal with Deep Look. Also check out their racy newt life cycle video!
  • Fun Facts about Frogs from NATURE.
  • Welcome toads into your garden by creating a toad abode–they eat all kinds of pests.
  • Find a showing of Backyard Wilderness, an award-winning IMAX movie filmed in Westchester, which highlights spotted salamanders as well as deer, wood ducks, coyotes and other creatures living around us.