We enthusiastically support Boy Scout involvement in the Rocky Mountain Amphibian Project! Troops that adopt a catchment are encouraged to use this as a merit badge earning opportunity, and create as competitive or non-competitive an experience as you'd like!
In addition to the Reptiles and Amphibians merit badge, also consider using this as way to earn part of your Hiking or Orienteering merit badges!
REPTILES AND AMPHIBIAN MERIT BADGE
Below we list the various aspects of this merit badge that the Rocky Mountain Amphibian Project can help with, as well as some resources that will help Scouts answer their questions. Refer to the Boy Scouts of America website for the full list of requirements, as well as for information about other related badges.
1a. Describe and identify characteristics of six species of reptiles and four species of amphibians found in the United States. Discuss the habits and habitats of all 10 species.
- Information about, photos and calls of the 12 species of amphibians in Wyoming.
1b. For any four of these, make sketches from your own observations or take photographs. Show markings, color patterns, or other characteristics that are important in the identification of each of the four species.
- Pocket/Field identification guides for each of the 12 species of amphibians in Wyoming.
2a. Discuss with your merit badge counselor the approximate number of species and general geographic distribution of reptiles and amphibians in the United States.
- Resource coming soon.
2b. Prepare a list of the most common species found in your local area or state.
- The list of amphibians in Wyoming.
3. Describe the main differences between amphibians and reptiles, alligators and crocodiles, toads and frogs, salamanders and lizards, and snakes and lizards.
- Amphibians v. reptiles: Wyoming’s Amphibians or at http://www.diffen.com/difference/Amphibian_vs_Reptile
- Alligators v. crocodiles: http://www.diffen.com/difference/Alligator_vs_Crocodile
- Toads v. frogs: www.toadtrackers.org or at http://www.diffen.com/difference/Frog_vs_Toad
- Salamanders v. lizards: http://www.savethesalamanders.com/what-are-salamanders.html
- Snakes v. lizards: http://www.preservearticles.com/2011081910998/8-differences-between-lizards-and-snakes.html
4a. Explain how reptiles and amphibians are important components of the natural environment.
4b. List four species that are officially protected by the federal government or by the state you live in, and tell why each is protected.
- There is only one amphibian protected by the state and federal government. Find which one it is.
4c. List three species of reptiles and three species of amphibians found in your local area that are not protected.
- The remaining 11 species of amphibians in Wyoming are not protected.
4d. Discuss the food habits of all 10 species (4b and 4c together).
- Information on food habits of all Wyoming amphibian species.
5. Describe how reptiles and amphibians reproduce.
- Resource coming soon.