Reptiles and Amphibians

Organisms marked with (*) have been previously documented in College Woods. 

Amphibians "any cold-blooded vertebrate of the class Amphibia, comprising frogs and toads, newts and salamanders, and caecilians, the larvae being typically aquatic, breathing by gills, and the adults being typically semiterrestrial, breathing by lungs and through the moist, glandular skin." (

From the College Woods Management Plan: “Populations of these salamanders are directly linked with the availability of wetlands that hold ponded water for a period at least 4 continuous months; the minimum length of time required for their eggs to develop into larvae that can leave the wet land before it dries. Areas that are likely to hold water, are free from large predators [...] where water backs up from the inadequate culvert draining water from College Brook and under the athletic fields. Other potential but undependable spots for others (dusky and spring salamanders) are low areas of the upstream Oyster River flood plain, seeps surrounding the origins of swamp brook, and pocket wetlands in the southwestern corner of the property.”


Reptiles "a cold-blooded animal (as a snake, lizard, turtle, or alligator) that breathes air and usually has the skin covered with scales or bony plates." (

From the College Woods Management Plan: “Of the reptile species of special concern, wood turtles and spotted turtles may occur in College Woods although the size of the reservoir may limit the number of individuals using this area. It is also possible that turtles may use the slow sections of river north of here, where the bank side vegetation (field/shrub/flood plain forest) and composition (level sandy sites) are more amenable to a greater range of their lifecycle.”


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