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PIT Tagging Anurans

March 18, 2008

The following video demonstrates a procedure to insert a passive integrated transponder (PIT) tag under the skin of an anuran (frog or toad) for research and monitoring purposes.

Typically, a 12.5 mm tag (0.5 in.) is used to uniquely identify individual anurans as smal as 40 mm (1.6 in.) in length from snout to vent.

Smaller tags are also available and allow smaller anurans to be tagged.

The procedure does not differ for other sizes of tages or other sizes of anurans.

Anyone using this procedure should ensure that the tag is small enough to fit easily behind the sacral hump of the anuran, as shown in this video.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2008
Title PIT Tagging Anurans
DOI 10.3133/ofr20071354
Authors Brome McCreary
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 2007-1354
Index ID ofr20071354
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization U.S. Geological Survey