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Alaska Herpetological Society

THE HOTTEST SOCIETY IN THE NORTH

AMPHIBIANS OF THE STIKINE

(A FOLLOW-UP SURVEY)

Long-toed Salamander (Ambystoma macrodactylum) photographed near Mallard Slough in 2012

This survey is a companion to the one that you submitted several months ago. I greatly appreciate your contributions to my research and I am excited to be making such great progress toward understanding the health of amphibian populations on the Stikine and in nearby localities. You were chosen to participate in this follow-up survey as part of a random sample of previous participants. I know that your time is valuable and I hope that this will take but a few moments to complete. I still guarantee that your responses to my questions will remain anonymous and that they will not be legally incriminating. Completing the survey indicates that you have read and agree to the “Informed Consent Form” included with this document. I thank you for your time. As always, I thank you for helping me to research Alaska’s amphibians and human relationships with these species.

This research is part of a University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) doctoral thesis and is being funded out-of-pocket by the student.

AMPHIBIAN & LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR HOUSEHOLD’S KNOWLEDGE OF AMPHIBIANS AND THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT. YOU MAY REFER TO THE PICTURES BELOW FOR COMMON SPECIES FOUND IN YOUR REGION OF ALASKA. REMEMBER THAT AMPHIBIANS INCLUDE FROGS, TOADS, SALAMANDERS AND NEWTS.

 ***FOR ALL QUESTIONS I AM REFERRING TO AMPHIBIANS OCCURRING IN THE GENERAL REGION OF WRANGELL AND THE STIKINE INCLUDING ASSOCIATED ISLANDS***

NATIVE AMPHIBIANS OF ALASKA

Six native species of amphibian occur in Alaska including the Wood Frog, Boreal Toad, Columbia Spotted Frog, Rough-skinned Newt, Long-toed Salamander and the Northwestern Salamander. These species are pictured below. Please answer the following questions regarding your sightings of these species in 2012.

NOTE: Eggs are found in freshwater. Tadpoles (frogs and toads) live in the water and have tails. Larvae (salamanders and newts) live in the water and have gills. Juveniles are usually small and stay near water. Adults are larger and can be found farther from the water.

The Northwestern Salamander has not been confirmed in the Stikine Region. They are broad, dark brown in color and have large glands on the back of the head. Unlike Rough-skinned newts, they do not have an orange / red stomach.

The Pacific Chorus Frog has not been confirmed in the Stikine Region. They are grey or bright green in color, have a black line through the eye and large pads at the end of their fingers. They have been introduced to Alaska in other areas.

INFORMATION ABOUT YOU & YOUR HOUSEHOLD

PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU AND YOUR HOUSEHOLD. YOUR RESPONSES WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL AND SEPARATE FROM YOUR NAME. IF YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE PROVIDING CONTACT INFORMATION FOR US TO FOLLOW UP WITH YOU IN THE FUTURE, PLEASE CONSIDER DOING SO. THIS WILL ONLY BE USED FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES AND WILL NOT BE DISTRIBUTED.

OPTIONAL INFORMATION

What was / were the main purpose of your trips on the river in 2012? (Check All That Apply)*
In what life stage were the Wood Frogs that you saw locally in 2012? (Check All That Apply)
In what life stage were the Boreal Toads that you saw locally in 2012? (Check All That Apply)
In what life stage were the Columbia Spotted Frogs that you saw locally in 2012? (Check All That Apply)
In what life stage were the Rough-skinned Newts that you saw locally in 2012? (Check All That Apply)
In what life stage were the Long-toed Salamanders that you saw locally in 2012? (Check All That Apply)
In what life stage were the Northwestern Salamanders that you saw locally in 2012? (Check All That Apply)
In what life stage were the unknown frogs or toads that you saw locally in 2012? (Check All That Apply)
In what life stage were the unknown newts or salamanders that you saw locally in 2012? (Check All That Apply)
Please check each of the following locations that you have VISITED in 2012.
Please check each of the following locations that you have VISITED in the past.
Please check each of the following locations that you have SEEN AMPHIBIANS in 2012.
Please check each of the following locations that you have SEEN AMPHIBIANS in the past.
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