PIT Tagging Anurans

Open-File Report 2007-1354



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.

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title PIT Tagging Anurans
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2007-1354
DOI 10.3133/ofr20071354
Edition -
Year Published 2008
Language ENGLISH
Publisher Geological Survey (U.S.)
Contributing office(s) U.S. Geological Survey
Description Movie: 13:06 minutes long; available as a Flash file played online or can be downloaded in MPEG or WMV format
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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