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I've spotted an animal, what next?

Join the MVZ in the Global Reptile BioBlitz!

Global Reptile BioBlitz

Wildlife is all around us, even in urban backyards and parks, not to mention your last vacation to the tropics. Take pictures and share your observations!

Your photos can help conserve reptiles, many of which are dwindling due to climate change and habitat loss.

Join us in the Global Reptile BioBlitz, our worldwide effort to observe as many species of reptiles as possible, and understand more clearly how species are distributed across the globe. Your photo may confirm that a threatened population still persists in that area, or a new population has made a home outside of its known range!

I've spotted an amphibian, not a reptile!

Submit your photos to the Global Amphibian BioBlitz!

Global Amphibian BioBlitz

Amphibians are ecological indicators, meaning their distribution and population shows us a lot about the state of the ecosystem. Unfortunately, these fascinating and unique creatures are disappearing at a disturbing pace. Your contributions can help us find out how to restore many amphibian populations.

More information to be found on AmphibiaWeb.


How can I help?
Photo: Brian Gratwicke
Common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis), photographed by Brian Gratwicke

To contribute your observations, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit the Global Reptile BioBlitz or Global Amphibian BioBlitz home page and click ‘Add Observations’.
  2. Log in to iNaturalist.org – the engine behind the Global BioBlitzes – with your Facebook, Twitter, Google, or Yahoo account.
  3. Upload your photos of reptiles, amphibians, or other animal or plant from your hard-disk or link to your photo that’s already on Flickr or Picasa.
  4. Add a date, geographic coordinates, and the best identification you can and click ‘’Save observation’.
  5. If you are unsure of the species, you can request help in identifying your photo from iNaturalist.org's community of citizen scientists and experts.

Who's behind the BioBlitzes?
AmphibiaWeb Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Center for Biological Diversity Amphibian Specialists Group Amphibian Ark Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles Reptile Database California Academy of Sciences HerpNet IUCN Species Survival Commission

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