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Amphibians occur in ephemeral ponds in the Quarry Bottom. The ponds are temporary, appearing in the spring following rain or snowmelt, but drying up in the sun if not fed by more rainfall or groundwater. The amphibians need a water body to reproduce, but they need to complete the aquatic part of their life cycles quickly before the ponds disappear.

This is a list of amphibians identified from ephemeral ponds in the quarry bottom in the spring of 2005.

Frogs and Toads

  • Bullfrog (Rana catesbiana)
  • Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans)
  • Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)
  • American Toad (Bufo americanus)
Frogs and Toads Photographs
American Toad Bullfrog Bullfrog
Cricket Frog Cricket Frog Spring Peeper