Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas (MARA)
The five-year Atlas has come to an end. The last newsletter will be in January 2015 with a summary of all the data collected. There has been an amazing amount of data collected to map the distributions of herpetofauna (amphibians & reptiles) across the state. The final publication will not be available until 2017.
The following is the December 2014 monthly MARA newsletter: 2014MARADecemberNewsletter
Fifty-five species were documented in Howard County with seven species being introduced. The seven introduced species for Howard County are:
- Alligator Snapping Turtle
- False Map Turtle
- Squirrel Tree Frog
- Gopher Tortoise
- California King Snake
- Brown Anole
- Mediterranean House Gecko
To see the distribution maps of each of the Howard County species, please visit the Howard County Bird Club website at:
The MD DNR herp site is located at:
The MARA website is located at:
Mark’s Rant: I have had the pleasure to attend several formal field surveys to document herp species and have added dozens of observations to MARA over the course of the last five-years. I would like to thank Sue Muller of Howard County Department of Recreation and Park’s, who has been our Howard County coordinator through these five-years, and who has provided an incredible level of service to the Atlas program.