Turtles, courtesy of Brigitte Noel
The diversity of habitat available for amphibians and reptiles in the Grand
Lake Meadows means most of those found in the Maritime region can be found
here. They include both the Blue-spotted Salamander and the Yellow-spotted
Salamander. These are charming little creatures who live on land, usually
under rotting logs, and lay their eggs in strands in water where their
larvae (tadpoles) look very much like those of frogs and toads.
The Eastern Newt, also known as the Red-spotted Newt, may be found there as
well. In its juvenile form, the newt is bright orange. It can pursue an
aquatic existence with fish if it needs to because its skin secretes a
poisonous substance when it is startled.
The Dusky, the Two-lined, the Four-toed and the Redback Salamanders are
also likely to be encountered by a careful search beneath the litter under
the trees lining the channels through the meadows.
American Toads are quite common in the meadows as are the Gray Treefrog and
the Spring Peeper.
The Bullfrog has been introduced to the area and is competing with native
species as well as preying on them but the Green, Mink, Wood, Pickerel and
Leopard Frogs still live and breed in ponds.
The Common Snapping Turtle and the Painted Turtle or Wood Turtle are found
here and lay their eggs in sandy banks along the water channels.
nakes are rapidly disappearing everywhere and are becoming scarce in the
Meadows as well, but the Garter Snake, the Redbelly Snake, the Smooth Green
Snake, known locally as the Grass Snake, and the Ringneck Snake, are
denizens of the drier areas of the meadows during high summer.