Be sure to make a New Year’s resolution to find some time to get outdoors and explore. Many animals are active during the winter—birds and mammals, of course—but amphibians, too! The Two-lined Salamanders (Eurycea bislineata) in our creek will be laying eggs under rocks or logs during January and February. The females guard them until they hatch. We hope other winter breeders, such as Marbled Salamanders (Ambystoma opacum) and Spotted Salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum), will eventually colonize our reconstructed ephemeral pools at Prairie Ridge. On warmer winter days here, you may spot Green Frogs (Rana clamitans), Bull Frogs (Rana catesbeiana) or Leopard Frogs (Rana sphenocephala) near the pond or ditch plug ponds.
If you would like to help scientists track these and other winter amphibians consider participating in Davidson College's Carolina Herp Atlas.