Decontamination of Field Equipment

The spread of pathogens is a major threat to amphibians and reptiles world-wide. We can transmit diseases from one place to another very easily when we are out playing in the field. It is imperative that field biologists, researchers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in recreational herpetology-related field activities employ basic disinfecting procedures to prevent the spread of pathogens.

Many populations of amphibians and reptiles in the northeast have begun to show signs of infection with ranavirus and other chytridiomycosis. This short video presents a valuable procedure we should all be following.

Decontamination procedures, solution, and suggested field protocols may be found in the NEPARC pdf available by clicking the button below.