SWPARC Regional Priority Species List

The document that summarizes the process and lists the species considered of regional priority for the SWPARC region is now available for download. We are happy to announce the first edition (June 2013) of the list as a PDF file here:


Biomonitor Training – Flat-tailed Horned Lizard (FTHL)

In 2011, SWPARC agreed to take over biomonitor training for the Flat-tailed Horned Lizard (FTHL), Phrynosoma mcallii in coordination with CDF&G and AZG&F, and the FTHL Interagency Coordinating Committee (ICC).

Training takes place in FTHL habitat and occurs yearly in late May or early June. Training to become a FTHL Biomonitor in 2017 has filled and there are no longer slots available. If you are interested to have your name on the contact list for the 2018 training contact Trudie Wells at TWells[AT] to have your name and contact information added. You will then be contacted as information on dates and registration are available for each year’s training usually around February or March.

The Rangewide Management Strategy (RMS) requires that surveyors and biomonitors for the FTHL be approved by California Department of Fish and Game (CDF&G) and Arizona game and Fish (AZG&F).

The Flat-tailed Horned Lizard (FTHL), Phrynosoma mcallii, is a small horned lizard that inhabits the low Sonoran deserts of southeastern California, southwestern Arizona, and northwestern México. Much of the species’ historic habitat in the United States has been lost due to agricultural and residential development. A Conservation Agreement was signed by several federal and state agencies in 1997 to implement the FTHL Rangewide Management Strategy (RMS), and protect large areas of occupied habitat. The RMS is a long-term plan of action among signatory agencies to ensure persistence of the species. It continues to be implemented by the signatory agencies throughout the Management Areas, and other areas of flat-tailed horned lizard habitat. The range of desert lands occupied by FTHL are highly variable and consist of various substrates, rainfall amounts and seasons, vegetation communities, elevations, slopes, aspects, predators, and even span the fault between the North American and Pacific tectonic plates. They also occupy some of the lowest, hottest and driest desert regions of North America. Biomonitors and surveyors for FTHL should be aware of the dangers of working in such remote, and inhospitable locations.

Living with Venomous Reptiles

“Living with Venomous Reptiles in the Southwest” is a color brochure available as a PDF that can be downloaded or printed easily. It contains basic information about venomous reptiles in our region, including DO’s and DON’Ts when it comes to bites.

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Collecting regulations in the Southwest

Type of collection





Apply for a license Review guidelines (PDF file) Unlawful


Apply for a special permit Review regulations Unlawful except for 3 species


Apply for a permit Apply for a permit Unlawful


Contact ODWC Contact ODWC Contact ODWCOklahoma allows commercial harvest of most aquatic turtles, four species of rattlesnakes, mudpuppies, and the larval forms of most species of Ambystoma


Review regulations
Apply for a license
Review regulations
and Species & Limits
Review regulations
Apply for a license


Apply for a permit State residents are permitted to take most species (except Threatened and Endangered). Regulations and take limits on some species. Contact NMDG&F Allow commercial take with limits.
Review regulationsand Contact NMDG&F


Apply for a permit Apply for a permit Apply for a permit


Apply for permit Review regulations Review regulations


Contact UDWR Review regulations Review regulations

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