Reptiles and Amphibians


Frog and Eggs in a Vernal Pool: By U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters [CC-BY-2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

A Special Place for Reptiles and Amphibians to Raise Their Babies

Many reptiles and amphibians live at Horsepen Run Nature Preserve. Wetlands take up much of the preserve, especially in the spring. Snow melt and spring rain make temporary ponds, called vernal pools. In those pools, frogs and salamanders lay their eggs, and the eggs grow into tadpoles.

Once the tadpoles turn into adult frogs and salamanders, they can climb out of the pools. Some types of amphibian return to the pool in which they were born to lay their own eggs. That’s why it is so important to take care of our pools. Splashing around in a vernal pool could kill a whole salamander family.

Some of the amphibians at Horsepen Run Nature Preserve are rare or endangered. We ask that you take special care of their nurseries, the vernal pools.










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