Alaska Herpetological Society
The state of Alaska is home to six verified species of native amphibians and two introduced species. While all six of these inhabit the temperate rainforests of Southeast Alaska, only one, the Wood Frog, is found throughout the rest of the state. Despite the limited species diversity, many of these amphibians are abundant in the places that they inhabit! They can serve as important indicators of biological health and are among the first animals to be impacted by toxins and environmental changes, including fluctuations in climate. Amphibians are an ample food source for many birds, mammals and fish. Amphibians themselves consume large quantities of insects and help to control these pests! They are also important in many of Alaska's Native cultures.
The six NATIVE species that we have in Alaska include (CLICK EACH FOR MORE INFORMATION):
There are also two amphibian species in Alaska that have been introduced (CLICK EACH FOR MORE INFORMATION):
There are various species of frogs that we do not want to show up in Alaska, especially the Bull Frog. Bull frogs tend to do well in a variety of environments but they are a large from that can easily out-compete NATIVE species. Adults and tadpoles alike are aggressive and can kill other frogs! There are some reports that these have already been brought into Alaska so if you see one, please contact us immediately!