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RASCals (Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern California)

Main Project Information
Presented By Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Goal Improve our knowledge of reptiles and amphibians in SoCal.
Task Find reptiles/amphibians, take photos, submit to our project.
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

RASCals is designed to improve our knowledge of native and non-native reptiles and amphibians in southern California. This region is home to 22.5 million people and has experienced dramatic urbanization and habitat modification. We need your help in documenting reptiles and amphibians throughout the region so that we can examine how various species have responded to these habitat changes. We are interested in native and non-native species and in observations in all types of habitats, from relatively pristine habitats to heavily modified, urban habitats, such as backyards, schoolyards, and urban parks. This project is conducted in collaboration with iNaturalist.

How to Join

It is easy to participate in RASCals, all you need to do is follow three easy steps.

Step 1: Find lizards, snakes, turtles, frogs, and salamanders

Step 2: Take Pictures or Audio Recordings

Step 3: Upload Pictures or Audio Recordings by emailing them to or joining our project on iNaturalist:

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Required Gear

1. Digital camera or a smartphone with a camera
2. Computer or smartphone with internet access

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing, On a hike, In the car, At home, In snow or rain, At the beach, Exclusively online, On a walk, run, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium, At night, At sports stadiums
Tags amphibians, biodiversity, California, frogs, LA, lizards, Los Angeles, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, newts, NHM, reptiles, salamanders, snakes, southern California, tortoise, turtles
Project Updated 05/23/2018