Obtaining a Proper Voucher Photo

To verify an amphibian or reptile observation, it is critical to submit a voucher, either in the form of a clear photograph or series of photos; a recording, in the case of calling frogs; or an actual collected specimen. For the vast majority of observations, a voucher photograph will be the most practical. When taking voucher photographs to submit to the PARS website, it is important to remember that these photos will need to be viewed by other people to verify the species identification. The PARS Verification Committee must review each and every record. To make their job easier, and to ensure your hard-earned observations are not rejected, it is important that your photographs are as clear as possible and capture key characteristics for identification. Remember, these vouchers will be used for determining the ranges of species, and will potentially have conservation and regulatory implications. Recor