Grand Lake Meadows



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Turtles, courtesy of Brigitte Noel
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.
S 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.