Utah’s Hogle Zoo worked with the Utah Division of Natural Resources to create the poster Amphibians of Utah.
Click on each name to learn more about the amphibians found in Utah and the sound buttons to hear their calls.
- Amphibians are members of the class Amphibia, which means “dual life,” based on the animals’ use of both land and water. Amphibians include frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, and caecilians. They are cold-blooded and can breathe through their skin. There are 15 species of amphibians native to Utah.
- Why are amphibians important?
- Amphibians play important roles within their ecosystems. Their diet includes many insects (like mosquito larvae) that are a nuisance to humans. They also serve as a source of food for many other animals, including cranes, otters, and fish.
- Amphibians also help preserve human health. For example, a promising new cancer drug is based on enzymes found within the eggs of the Northern Leopard Frog, a species native to Utah. The cure to cancer may very well be living in your backyard.
- Disease: A fungus known as chytrid (pronounced “ki-trid”) has caused population declines and extinctions of amphibians worldwide.
- Some species of amphibians have natural immunity to chytrid, while others appear to be developing a resistance to the fungus.
- Chytrid can be spread by infected amphibians or through contaminated equipment (such as boots and waders).
- Amphibians in Utah are best left in their natural environment. Some are protected by law, and it may be illegal to collect or possess them.
For a full list of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources’ amphibian and reptile regulations please click here.