Eric Orff: (603) 868-1095
Michael Marchand: (603) 271-3016
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
April 4, 2005

Watch for Frogs, Salamanders on the Move on Rainy Nights

CONCORD, N.H. -- Keep an eye out for amphibians on the roads in the coming weeks, especially on warm, rainy nights. Spotted salamanders, spring peepers, wood frogs and toads will be hopping and sliding across New Hampshire roadways on the first warm wet nights, heading to mate and lay their eggs in vernal pools and other wetlands. They are already on the move in southern New Hampshire, according to Wetlands Biologist Michael Marchand of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program.

"If you can, consider picking up that gallon of milk on the way home from work instead of driving after dark on rainy nights in April through the first week of May. By doing so, you could help save some of the thousands of salamanders, frogs and toads that will be run over by cars during this period," says Fish and Game Wildlife Biologist Eric Orff.

The height of spring amphibian activity comes during the first rainy nights after you begin to hear the spring peepers. So give our slithery neighbors a brake, and consider doing your errands during dry evenings or daylight hours in the coming weeks.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.

Click here to learn more about Fish and Game's Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program, including ways you can help.

Click here for an issue of Fish and Game's Wild Times that tells lots more about New Hampshire's frogs, toads and salamanders (PDF file, 975 KB).

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