Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a Herp Atlas Partner?

If you are interested in working or partnering with the Michigan Herp Atlas, please contact us! The Herp Atlas works with and relies on a variety of groups to collect and compile data.

What happens to my data? Who can view it?

First and foremost, your data is yours. We respect that you are sharing your data for conservation purposes and we publicly display all data only down to the county level. Information entered under “Security Level”, “Latitude/Longitude”, “Other Observers”, and “Notes” is not available to the public and will be used for verification purposes only. The project administrator is the only person who can view all data. All data is backed up on a weekly basis.

How do agencies and researchers see my data?

A request from the interested party is sent to the project administrator. In collaboration with the Michigan DNR, requests are reviewed for scientific merit, conservation value, and need. All approved data requests will require a data share agreement in which the requesting party provides their own data to the Michigan Herp Atlas, preferably via the online data submittal system.

If I find multiples of a certain species at different places within a single locale (e.g. a green snake at the north end of Round Lake, and another green snake one mile down the road), should a record be created for each?

Yes. This creates a more accurate picture of habitat use.

Should DOR (Dead On Road) animals be recorded?

Yes. Even though the animal is dead, its record is valuable in research. Please exercise common sense and do not put yourself in harm’s way to collect roadkill observations or violate any traffic laws.

How is the Michigan Herp Atlas Project funded?

The Michigan Herp Atlas Project is largely unfunded. We are always interested in partnering on grants and other projects to help finance this much-needed conservation project. For information on how to assist with funding, contact the project administrator.

How do I cite records from the MI Herp Atlas Project?

MIHerpAtlas. YEAR. MIHerpAtlas - A Statewide Herpetological Atlas and Data Hub. Michigan, U.S.A. Available (Accessed: DD-MM-YYYY). Observation Reference:

Please use "MIHerpAtlas" as the institution prefix followed by the observation number. Example, MIHerpAtlas Record 2758

Note: In digital publications, we encourage authors to directly link to MIHerpAtlas observations.

The Michigan Herp Atlas began in 2004 in an effort to collect observational data about Michigan's amphibians and reptiles.

Our goal is to document their distribution and help measure changes or trends in populations.