First of many

The first documented Marbled Salamander in Adams County, is captured on camper by Sue Miller, Adams County Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey.

It is time to survey the “herps” of Adams County. Herps is an informal term referring collectively to amphibians and reptiles, which include frogs, lizards, salamanders, snakes, toads, and turtles. These creatures live in every county in Pennsylvania; however, less data exists on them in comparison to other studied species.

Therefore, a project began in 2013 — the Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS). It is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) and the Mid-Atlantic Center for Herpetology and Conservation (MACHAC) with the goal of understanding the distribution and status of these creatures by recording their presence in every 10-square mile block of a grid imposed on a map of Pennsylvania. To organize this effort, the state has been divided into six regions, then into the counties within each region. Each region and county has its own coordinator. The project will end December 31, 2022.

Melody Kraus is a Penn State Master Gardener from Adams County. Penn State Extension of Adams County is located at 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Suite 204, Gettysburg, phone 334-6271.

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