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.