Working Group Plans
The purpose of the amphibian and reptile diseases working group is to provide information on disease prevalence, monitoring and prevention in reptile and amphibian populations in the northeast region. We are currently focusing on improving communications among people working with amphibians and reptiles with an emphasis on how to safeguard populations from disease.
Save Our Amphibians & Reptiles: How YOU Can Reduce the Spread of Disease
Some problems have relatively simple solutions compared to the cost of neglect. Minimizing the spread of invasive species and harmful pathogens clinging to construction equipment is one such solution. Our working group has published a scientific article in Herpetological Review (click here) that explains how resource managers and contractors can decontaminate construction and field equipment by cleaning, disinfecting, and drying, thus minimizing the spread of harmful organisms. For a Three-Step Guide that is meant of a general audience and equipment operators can be found here.
Links to Other Disease Related Information on Bsal and Bd
- List of injurious salamander species for Bsal (USFWS)
- Bsal factsheet for salamander owners and scientists (SSAR)
- Bsal Information Sheet (SEPARC)
- Bd Information Sheet (SEPARC)
If you are interested in joining the Emerging Diseases Working Group, email Jim Julian.