Amphibians need drivers to help keep them alive

For several years, I have been monitoring Route 103 and other roads in the Kittery/York areas where the activity on warm, rainy, spring nights is enchanting.

Amphibians — frogs and salamanders — take the first opportunity to come out from under the forest litter (their winter habitats) to slither, glide and hop to a predetermined breeding pool. Observing them is a joy. They move, then stop, then move again. How do they know where to go? Scientists have yet to figure this mystery out, but one thing is certain: the amphibians know where they are headed and they keep their course with determination.

Ever clever, nature programmed them with night migration, which protects them from an onslaught of predators. But humans have forced a more treacherous enemy on them: the automobile. Regrettably, their journeys back to the pools in which they were born are often located in developed areas. This inevitably can mean a swift death — because the car is not an enemy they are programmed to fear. In fact, salamanders are stunned by headlights.

Read full story HERE.


About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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