State Wildlife Grants: Amphibian and Reptile Funding Priorities


Field Surveys and Habitat Assessments for Reptile and Amphibian Species of Grasslands and Prairies
Several reptile and amphibian species associated with grasslands and prairies are of particular concern due to habitat loss and alteration. These species include the spot-tailed earless lizard (Holbrookia lacerata), reticulate collared lizard (Crotaphytus reticulatus), Texas and roundtail horned lizards (Phrynosoma cornutum and Phrynosoma modestum respectively), Texas tortoise (Gopherus berlandieri), desert massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus edwardsi), Texas garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis annectens), crawfish frog (Lithobates areolatus), prairie skink (Plestiodon septentrionalis), and Strecker's chorus frog (Psuedacris streckeri) in the eastern portion of that species range. Field surveys and assessments of current threats are currently needed to determine the conservation status of these species in Texas.
  • Characterize, identify, and survey potential habitat as well as previously known sites.
  • Collect site and population information using Texas Natural Diversity Database (TXNDD) forms.
  • Submit report on status and threat updates, TXNDD forms, and GIS data/shapefiles.
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