Amphibians & Reptiles

Wood turtle - Deb Reynolds/USFWS.

The Connecticut River watershed encompasses a variety of wetland habitats including vernal pools, marshes, streams, and ponds that support a diversity of amphibians and reptiles.

Mink frog

Mink frogs are named after the scent they emit from their skin. They are found in the northern portion of the watershed inhabiting swamps, ponds, and streams around wooded areas. Adult frogs feed on spiders, snails, and beetles, while tadpoles feed on algae. Mink frogs breed in late spring and early summer.

Best divisions to find this species: Nulhegan Basin Division, Pondicherry Division

Wood turtle

Wood turtles can be found throughout the Connecticut River watershed. It is considered a species of conservation concern in the northeastern states due to region-wide declines. Wood turtles winter and breed within riparian habitats. They hibernate in the winter on stream bottoms, often burying themselves in the mud. Breeding occurs in the spring, and eggs are buried near streams in nests of sandy soil that are protected from flooding. Wood turtles are omnivores, often foraging for plant and animal life in forests, wetlands and grasslands, though they are rarely seen foraging far from a river or stream.