The Living Desert only accepts native injured amphibian species into our Wildlife Rehabilitation facility, but does not accept pets and does not relocate amphibians or advocate the removal of healthy animals from the wild.
If you are unsure whether you have found an injured native amphibian consult a field guide, click here or call The Living Desert Wildlife Rehabilitation line at 760-568-2330.
How to identify an injured amphibian
● Bleeding/broken bones
● Animal attack (puncture wounds, bleeding, etc.)
● Severe limping
How to contain injured amphibians
● Place a damp paper towel inside a clean plastic container or tank. Amphibians absorb moisture through their skin and can be injured if they are exposed to chemicals, soaps or other substances.
● Place the amphibian inside the container. Be gentle, their skin is sensitive and salamander tails can break off easily
If an amphibian seems lethargic, or moves very slowly, it might just be cold. Amphibians are cold-blooded (ectothermic) and rely on their surroundings to regulate their body temperature. They may appear lethargic until they warm up.
Frog identification: http://www.californiaherps.com/frogs/frogspics.html
Salamander identification: http://www.californiaherps.com/salamanders/salamanderspics.html