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Reptiles & Amphibians

Wood frog laying eggs - Thomas Tetzner.

The Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge offers abundant habitat for a variety of wildlife species that benefit from our management for migratory birds and threatened and endangered species. Sixteen species of amphibians and fifteen species of reptiles have been documented as using the refuge. Recent herpetological surveys conducted by refuge staff and volunteers reported nine species of frogs and one species of toads breeding on the refuge. The wetlands and vernal pools provide important egg-laying and nursery habitats for frogs and toads. In addition, these species can be excellent bio-indicators of environmental health and habitat changes.

Species reported during frog and toad call surveys during the 2012 and 2013 breeding seasons include: wood frog, spring peeper, western chorus frog, northern leopard frog, southern leopard frog, pickerel frog, gray treefrog, green frog, bullfrog, and American toad.

Page Photo Credits — Wood frog laying eggs - Thomas Tetzner.
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2014
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