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Type of site
Citizen science
Available inEnglish
6 years ago
Current statusOnline

HerpMapper is a cooperative citizen science project designed to gather and share information about reptile and amphibian (herp) observations across the planet.[1] Contributors create records of their herp observations online[2] or via its mobile application.[3][4][5] Data are available to HerpMapper Partners – groups who use your recorded observations for research, conservation, and preservation purposes.[6][7][8][9] In addition, the HerpMapper mobile application is used by multiple other herpetological atlas projects,[10][11][12] and the Minnesota Nongame Wildlife Program.[13]

HerpMapper's primary goal is to share data with professional conservation and research organizations to better conserve herpetofauna around the world. Because of this, HerpMapper does not share point-location information publicly because of over-collection and poaching concerns. This sets HerpMapper apart from many other citizen-science projects.


HerpMapper.org was officially launched in September 2013. It is currently a volunteer-run organization of professional herpetologists, IT specialists, and field herpers with decades of experience. HerpMapper is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Organizational Structure[edit]

The HerpMapper Advisory Team includes nonprofit organization staff, state agency biologists, university faculty, IT professionals, and field herpers with decades of experience. Learn more on the About Us webpage.

Data Access[edit]

Data are made freely available to professional conservation and research organizations. Data are made available via real-time online access or via one-time data transfers.


  1. ^ "Record Your Reptile & Amphibian Sightings for Conservation". 22 March 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Instructions". 22 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Mobile Mapper application (Google Play)". 17 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Mobile Mapper application (iTunes Store)". 11 July 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Mobile Mapper application (Windows Store)". 2 February 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Partners". 22 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Twin Cities Turtle Crossing Tally and Count" (PDF). 1 March 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Helping turtles across the street". 5 July 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  9. ^ "WCD - Conservation Connections" (PDF). November 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  10. ^ "H.E.R.P." Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Michigan Herp Atlas". Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey". Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  13. ^ "Minnesota Nongame Wildlife Program". Retrieved 27 December 2014.

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