Reptiles & Amphibians

Mass Audubon has a longstanding interest in the protection of amphibian and reptile populations in Massachusetts. Our Herp Atlas used volunteers to record the distribution of reptile and amphibian species across the Commonwealth. We monitor vernal pools that are obligate habitat for a number of salamanders and frogs and have a program to restore and create vernal pools on our sanctuaries.

A number of our sanctuaries use citizen scientists for carrying out surveys of terrestrial salamanders. Our reptile conservation programs include rehabilitating stranded sea turtles on Cape Cod, monitoring and creating nesting habitat for the state-listed diamondback terrapin, and tracking box turtles, another state-listed reptile.

Pickerel frog, Lithobates palustris
Pickerel frog (Lithobates palustris)

The Herpetological Atlas Project was a seven-year effort, running from 1992 through 1998, to document the distribution of amphibians and reptiles in Massachusetts. Learn More

tree frog © Joy Marzolf, Mass Audubon
tree frog © Joy Marzolf, Mass Audubon

Amphibians are an ancient class of vertebrates that include frogs, toads, and salamanders. Most occur in freshwater habitats and moist forests. Learn More

Mass Audubon staff member examining a sea turtle © Esther Horvath
Mass Audubon staff member examining a sea turtle © Esther Horvath

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is working to help stranded sea turtles on Cape Cod. You can also help by reporting strandings. Learn More