American Toad Bufo americanus

Conservation Status: LC

The American Toad next to the vulnerable Pitcher's thistle (Cirsium pitcheri) on the shore of lake Michigan.

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The Michigan Herp Atlas

The Michigan Herp Atlas provides a statewide, publicly accessible, editable database for the state of Michigan. Through the database, citizens can record their own past and present observations to help assess changes in populations over time and measure species health.

Getting Started

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Sign Up & Submit
Your Observations

  1. Register Account
  2. Submit a Record with Voucher (Image)
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Submit a Record with Voucher Image, if Voucher is Available

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Michigan Herp Atlas

When you spread the word about the Michigan Herp Atlas, you help to build up the community.

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The Numbers Matter! Your Observations Help.

We are collecting observational data about Michigan’s native amphibians and reptiles (collectively known as herpetofauna or “herps”) so we can document their distribution and changes in their populations statewide. The database provides information about species presence and population trends for conservation planning and habitat management.

Learn More About Us
Total Records

29,741

Endangered Species Records

35

Threatened Species Records

1,330

Species of Concern Records

4,506

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Number of Records

Community Spotlight

We take pride in our community. It gives us our motivation to observe, document and protect.

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Jim Harding Herpetologist, Michigan Amphibians and Reptile Technical Advisory Chair, and Lecturer Emeritus Michigan State University
“The Michigan Herpetological Atlas is a critical resource for conservation and management of amphibians and reptiles in our state! It is the only comprehensive database for all species of herpetofauna in Michigan. It has been a primary resource in evaluating the protective status of several rare and declining species for the State of Michigan. I encourage folks to contribute to this program!”

Recent Records

The Latest

Michigan Herp Atlas Brochure

May 23rd, 2021 — Resources

Several species that were recently common have experienced population declines or may be currently in decline. The Michigan Herp Atlas has become a valuable tool in monitoring these declining groups. This brochure can be printed and distributed to encourage people to submit to the Michigan Herp Atlas. Read More

Michigan Amphibian & Reptile Best Management Practices

May 23rd, 2021 — Resources, Student Resources

This manual was created for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to provide a comprehensive guide to Best Management Practices (BMPs) to improve and maintain the viability of Michigan amphibian and reptile populations. This manual addresses threats to Michigan’s amphibian and reptile (i.e., herpetofauna) communities posed by development and conservation management practices. Read More