AMPHIBIAN AND REPTILE INDIVIDUAL OBSERVATION FORM
(16 August 1997)
Please provide whatever information you can, even if you are unsure of the species.
Species: _______________________________________________ Number of Animals ____________
Observation Date: ______/_______/______ Time: ____________________am pm (circle one)
Observer Name(s) ______________________________________________________________________
Phone No:__________________________ Have you seen this species before? ______________________
Description of Animal (size, color, pattern, pupil shape, skin texture, etc.): _________________________
_________________________________________________ Did you photograph the animal? ________
Description of Animal's Behavior: ________________________________________________________
Animal's Location: (Be as accurate as possible; e.g., 4.5 miles north and 3.3 miles east of known landmark; Latitude and Longitude; UTM coordinates; or Range, Township, and Section):
County _________________________________ State ________________________________________
Weather: (temperature, cloud cover, wind, etc.): ____________________________________________
Please return to:
Dr. Chuck Peterson
Idaho Museum of Natural History
Box 8007, Idaho State University
Pocatello, Idaho 83209
(208) 236-3922 office 236-4570 FAX Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILLING OUT THE
AMPHIBIAN AND REPTILE INDIVIDUAL OBSERVATION FORM
Please provide whatever information you can. To simplify reporting a number of observations, you may wish to use the multiple observation form. Thank you
Common Name/Species: Provide the common or scientific name of the animal if you are able to identify it. If you cannot identify it, please describe it as accurately as possible. Include the exact or estimated number (1-10, 10-100, more than 100, etc.) observed.
Date: Include the year and clearly distinguish between day and month (e.g., 6 June 1992).
Time. Include AM or PM or use military time.
Please include your name, affiliation, address, and phone number so we can contact you if we need further information, a copy of the photograph, etc.
Have you seen this species before?
Description: Describe the animal as accurately as you can so we can confirm your identification or so we can identify it from your description. Characteristics to note include size/length, shape, color, pattern (e.g., striped, banded, blotched, or unicolor), skin texture (e.g., smooth, shiny, rough, scaled, etc.), pupil shape (round or elliptical), and presence or absence of limbs and tail. See the references below for more information on identifying characteristics. Did you photograph the animal?
Behavior: Behavioral descriptions are useful in identifying animals and are inherently interesting. For example, Was the animal moving or still? Did it crawl or jump or hop? Was it fast or slow? Was it trying to escape from you or was it hunting or feeding? Did it vocalize? What did it sound like?
Location: Be as accurate as possible. Try to describe the site so that someone else could relocate it from your directions. For example, in a small pond, 30 yards north of Highway X, 4.5 miles N and 3.3. miles east of a known landmark (junction, the center of a town, etc.). Please include the exact coordinates if you know them (latitude and longitude, UTMs, or Range, Township, Section, quarter section, etc.). Accurate locality information can greatly enhance the value of your observation.
Habitat: Describe the major cover type (forested [needleleaf, broadleaf, or mixed], non-forested [alpine, grassland, shrubland, or barren], riparian and wetlands [forested or scrub-shrub riparian, marsh, pond , or lake], or developed land [agricultural or urban]). Also describe the immediate area around the animal (burrow, talus slope, stream bank, etc.).
Weather: Include such information as the air temperature, water temperature, wind conditions, cloud cover, precipitation, etc.
Remarks: Please include any other information you consider relevant.
Baxter, G.T. and M.D. Stone. 1985. Amphibians and Reptiles of Wyoming. Second edition. Wyoming Game and Fish Dept. 137 pp.
Corkran, C.C. and C.R. Thoms. 1996. Amphibians of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia - A Field Identification Guide. Lone Pine
Publishing, Vancouver, British Columbia. [very complete]
Leonard, W.P., H.A. Brown, L.C. Jones, K.R. McAllister, and R.M. Storm. 1993. Amphibians of Washington and Oregon. Seattle Audubon Society,
Seattle, Washington. [excellent color photographs]
Nussbaum, R.A. E.D. Brodie, and R.M. Storm. 1983. Amphibians and reptiles of the Pacific Northwest. University of Idaho Press, Moscow. 332
pp. [The best general source of information on the amphibians and reptiles of Idaho]
Koch, E.D. and C.R. Peterson. 1996. Amphibians and Reptiles of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. University of Utah Press. 188 pp.
Stebbins, R.C. 1985. A field guide to western reptiles and amphibians. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston. 336 pp. [The best field guide to the amphibians and reptiles
of the western United States]
Storm, R.M., W.P. Leonard, H.A. Brown, R.B. Bury, D.M. Darda, L.V. Diller, and C.R. Peterson. 1995. Reptiles of Washington and Oregon. Seattle Audubon
Society Trailside Series. 176 pp. [excellent color photographs]