Equipment: Dip net and container for viewing
Potential Harm: Risk of herp stress; muscle strain
Legal Considerations: Fishing or dip net license required on some public lands.
Description: Scoop gently through aquatic habitats to reveal underwater herps.
Using a good, ole-fashion dip net is a great way to find aquatic herp species. You can take a clear container or a small aquarium to view the animals you scoop out of the water. In the winter, we like to scoop leaf packs and go through the leaves until we find something wriggling around. Make sure to return all life, leaves, and mud to the water when done.
Herping Virginia encourages all naturalists to practice ethical, safe, and sustainable herping. The use of proper herping methods and techniques is beneficial to both wildlife and herpers. Visit the links below for more information.