Utah’s Hogle Zoo worked with the Utah Division of Natural Resources to create the poster Amhibians of Utah.
Click on each name to learn more about the amphibians found in Utah and the sound buttons to hear their calls.
- What is an “amphibian”? An amphibian is member of the class Amphibia, meaning “dual life” based on the animals’ use of land and water. Amphibians are ectothermic (cold blooded) and commonly use their skin for respiration. Amphibians include frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, and caecilians.
- Decline: Amphibian populations worldwide have declined in the past few decades.
- Amphibians play important roles in the ecosystems in which they live, as indicators of environmental health. Although amphibians existed before dinosaurs, today nearly half of the species are threatened with extinction due to habitat loss, non-native species introductions, and disease.
- Disease: Chytridiomycosis is the infectious disease caused by the chytrid fungus or Bd (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) and has caused population declines and extinctions of amphibians worldwide.
- Although Bd is known to be a factor in amphibian mortality, some species of amphibians appear to have immunity to chytridiomycosis infection and, for a few susceptible species, some populations continue to persist despite infection.
- Bd is widespread in the US and could be transmitted by direct contact and through other means such as contaminated fishing gear.
- What if you see an amphibian species of concern? Take a photo of the amphibian, this ensures a record for your observation. Record the location where you observed the species, preferably with a GPS device or by taking notes on the pond, trail or road name that you were near. Record the date and time along with other useful notes (e.g., calling), email the photo and information with your contact info to email@example.com.
- Some amphibian species are protected by state law, thus collecting and possessing some species is prohibited. For a full list of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources’ amphibian and reptile regulations please click here.