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Now you can keep frogs in your pocket

Download the free Utah amphibians app

Chris Crockett is an aquatic biologist who specializes in native amphibians. When he isn’t working, Chris enjoys fishing for native cutthroat trout, hunting forest grouse and kayaking with his wife, Emily, on the Great Salt Lake.

You know the frogs that keep you up at night when your windows are open or you’re out camping? With the help of Utah’s Hogle Zoo, we’ve created a smart phone app that’ll allow you to finally identify those noisy, secretive critters!

The app's home page.

The app’s home page.

The Amphibians of Utah app is designed to be used like a traditional field guide and includes a home page for each of the state’s 16 amphibian species with life history, calls and vocalizations, a map of where they can be found in Utah, and a bunch of photos of their different life stages (adult, tadpole, eggs).

There’s a section for you to test your knowledge, too.

The app will also allow you to help us keep track of high-priority amphibian species. Using the Report a Sighting feature, you can submit pictures of amphibians you come across while you’re out exploring the state.

DWR biologists will use your sighting information to do follow-up surveys for species like the boreal toad and Columbia spotted frog.

Amphibians are a critical part of the ecosystem, and we’re excited that this app will allow you (frog lovers) to help us (frog studiers) protect their populations.

Sarah Seegert using the new app to help her identify frogs.

Sarah Seegert using the new app to help her identify frogs.

You can download the free app from the Amazon App Store or iTunes. For even more fun with frogs, follow us on Facebook. There you’ll find volunteer opportunities, updates on in-state research and a whole heap of additional amphibian fun facts.

For more information regarding Citizen Science efforts or questions about the app, contact Chris Crockett at

6 Responses to Now you can keep frogs in your pocket

  1. I used to chase and catch Leopard frogs all over the Salt Lake valley when I was a kid. I notice they have completely disappeared from the areas I used to see them in abundance. I do a lot of hiking and travel throughout the state and haven’t seen one for over 20 years!
    Are they becoming extinct in Utah?

  2. In our area, Cache Valley, Leopard frogs made an almost complete exit in the 90’s-2000. The only place I knew where they were abundant were a few small drainages on the northeast side of the Bear River Range. The past ten years they have made a come-back and are again common in the valley but not as widespread as previously. Toads, once common here, the SLC foothill streams, and the lower Uintas have all but disappeared.

  3. Where can I find some toads/frogs?

  4. Is the pond above (picture captioned “Sarah Seegert using the new app to help her identify frogs”) that is largely covered with an algal bloom supposed to represent the type of amphibian habitat that is largely left along the Wasatch Front? If so, then that is very sad. An “app” is not needed because the silence will be deafening at habitats like that; so this “app” seems somewhat pointless until we have some amphibian habitat to actually visit. How about some information about how mosquito abatement activities and chemical runoff from highways, parking lots, etc. and highly polluted rivers, like the Jordan, have combined to essentially kill most amphibian habitat anywhere close to where people live?

  5. Is there anywhere left in salt lake valley to see toads,also is anything being done to bring populations back. Is there a way my family and I can help…thank you

  6. I was wondering if there are any native to Utah frog species that students are able to raise/observe through their life cycle and then release. I understand that bringing in frogs that are NOT native to the state is hazardous to the native frog populations.

    Are there any options for students?

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