Vernal Pools
SPECIES LISTED PREFERRED SEASONS COMMENTS

Eastern American Toad

   

Sp

Eggs laid in shallow water.

Eastern Spadefoot

T

Yes

Sp,Su

Breeds only after torrential rain; can use very ephemeral pools in sandy non-forested or open forest areas.

Fowler's Toad

   

Sp

Eggs laid in shallow water.

Gray Treefrog

   

Sp

May lay eggs in vernal pools.

Jefferson Salamander

SC

Yes

Sp

Obligate vernal pool breeder.

Marbled Salamander

T

Yes

F,W,Sp

Eggs laid in vernal pools in fall; eggs may hatch into larvae in fall or the following spring.

Northern Ribbon Snake

   

Sp,Su

Sunny areas with low dense vegetation.

Northern Water Snake

   

Sp,Su

Prefers overhanging branches and sun.

Snapping Turtle

   

Sp,Su

May feed in vernal pools.

Spotted Salamander

 

Yes

Sp

Obligate vernal pool breeder.

Spotted Turtle

SC

 

Sp,Su

May inhabit vernal pools as long as they have water.

Spring Peeper

   

Sp

May lay eggs in vernal pools.

Star-nosed Mole

   

Su,F

Likes moist soil of dry vernal pools.

Wood Frog

 

Yes

Sp

Obligate vernal pool breeder.