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Report Florida Keys reptiles, amphibians to FWC

News Release

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Media contact: Michelle Kerr, 727-502-4787

Biologists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) need your help evaluating the status of reptiles and amphibians via online submissions.

Observations should include a photo of the animal and the location and date of the sighting. Species of particular interest are the Florida Keys mole skink, Key ringneck snake, rim rock crowned snake, brown snake, ribbon snake, red rat snake, and the Lower Keys populations of the striped mud turtle. Public participation will help scientists better understand the current distribution and population status of these species in the Florida Keys.

Persons submitting sightings can include photos on the reporting web page to help document the target reptile species, and FWC scientists will identify submitted photos of unknown reptile and amphibian species.

“Public reports of these cryptic reptiles, from residents and visitors alike, are essential in aiding our efforts at assessing their current status,” said Jonathan Mays, FWC research biologist. This information will be used to develop a more comprehensive study and to determine whether populations in the Keys are distinctive from those on the mainland.

To submit sightings of native reptiles and amphibians in the Florida Keys to FWC, visit and select “Citizen Science” then “Sightings.”

Sightings of nonnative species can be reported to FWC’s Exotic Species Reporting Hotline at 888-Ive-Got1 (888-483-4681) or online at External Website.

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