Amphibians and Reptiles of South Dakota and HerpMapper, Inc. are designed to gather and disseminate information about reptile and amphibian observations across South Dakota.
You voluntarily agree to supply personal information when you login and submit data. By logging in, you allow us to associate your amphibian and reptile observations with a unique identifier. This unique identifier allows you to track your personal observations (e.g., life lists and backyard lists) for your individual use. If you submit an unusual observation, or an incomplete observation, we may e-mail you to request more details. Your email address and contact information will NOT be sold or distributed outside HerpMapper and HerpMapper Partners ("HMPs") in regions where you are participating. Profile information allows us to gain a better understanding of participants and to determine how best to improve the website for users.
Amphibian and reptile observations are the most important pieces of information that we collect. Basic information about an observation (e.g., state and county), and an observation's associated photographic or audio voucher(s) are viewable to the general public. Detailed location information about an observation is only available to HerpMapper and approved HMPs. No personal contact information is made public.
Data Sensitivity & Species Protection
The primary goal of Amphibians and Reptiles of South Dakota is to maintain a universally accessible, centralized database of records created from 'catch-and-release' observations of amphibians and reptiles in South Dakota. While being able to see records entered into HerpMapper, the general public do not have access to specific locality data within the records. Detailed locality information is only made available to the HerpMapper user who entered the record, and to the HMPs who have been approved to view the data for specific research or conservation purposes. HerpMapper does NOT make detailed locality information available to the general public under any circumstances. HMPs are discouraged from sharing point-location data publicly, even for common species, but HerpMapper acknowledges that in some cases this may be necessary to meet conservation and research objectives.
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