Herp Bits:

Watch for turtles crossing roads in May and June, and again in September. In spring females can travel a long way from water, looking for suitable nest sites.

Males and females will move from one water body to another in spring, making the return trip in fall.

IF IT IS SAFE TO STOP you can help the critter on its way, moving it off the road in the direction it was headed!

The MHA Data Page

Interactive Database

The MHA interactive database is currently offline. We apologize for this inconvenience. As of November, 2019, a total of 8,812 records have been submitted.

May 2020 Update: The MHA Interactive Database is currently unavailable. Google has removed the Fusion Tables function that was used to display the data. A new data display system will, hopefully, be in place later in 2020. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Researchers wishing to obtain MHA data can submit an email request and data will be provided in spreadsheet format (see email link below).

You can still submit data to the MHA, but it will not be displayed until the new system is in place. Thanks for your patience.

Accredited researchers may request access to a more detailed and downloadable MHA Database through this email link: Request Database Access. You will need to create a Google Account.

MHA Statistics to Date (to November, 2019)

- A total of 8,812 herp records have been submitted to the MHA, all 24 different species have been recorded.

- As of November, 2019 the MHA website entry page has been viewed 22,376 times since it was first posted January 11, 2011. It is averaging 8 visits a day. Within the entire MHA website there has been 152,933 page views in the same time frame, with an average of 41 page views per day.

(And keep those records coming! Go to the Submit Data page.)

- For maps of the MHA data please refer to the MHA Interactive Database (see note above). JPG maps of the records are no longer available.

Limitations on Data Availability

NatureNorth is working in cooperation with Manitoba Conservation on this project and there may be some instances where some of the information collected won't be made available to everyone. After all, there may be a need to protect sensitive areas and species at risk (SAR) in some cases. Broadcasting the precise locations of endangered species or of major snake dens may not be in the best interests of the critters. When such sensitive information is collected it will be passed on to Manitoba Conservation and accredited researchers only. However, in such cases, we hope to be able to post generalized location information, while keeping geographically precise information confidential.

Respect the Rights of Landowners

Please respect private property and the rights of landowners. Don't trespass on your herping safaris. Ask permission to go on to private land and to report any records from that land. We will respect the rights of landowners to not have herp locations posted if they choose.


You can help support the continuing operations of this citizen-science project. Every contribution makes a difference!