Field survey methods for amphibians

Threatened species survey and assessment guidelines

All investigators conducting field surveys for amphibians should be experienced and competent in surveying amphibians and identifying frogs, and be familiar with the target species.

1 April 2009
Department of Environment and Climate Change
  • ISBN 978-1-74232-191-2
  • ID DECC20090213
  • File PDF 181KB
  • Pages 36
  • Name amphibians-field-survey-methods-090213.pdf

Different species have different seasonal and daily peaks of activity based on their biology and the weather. To increase the likelihood of detecting target species, you should conduct surveys at the time of year and day when those species are most likely to be active and during weather conditions favouring activity.

You may need to confirm a frog’s identity with an expert. For rare species, university researchers may be the best source of information.

These general guidelines are based on the best available knowledge at the time of writing, but you should always seek local information and current literature on the target species, particularly in regard to weather conditions favourable for activity, and then survey during those times.

Photo: Green and golden bell frog (Litoria aurea) / OEH