April 11, 2021

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Motorists urged to be cautious at amphibian highway crossings

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — In the course of early spring, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Office is asking drivers touring in the vicinity of ponds and wetlands exactly where salamanders and frogs cross streets for the duration of their breeding period to sluggish down or even acquire different routes.

“One of the added benefits of examining out amphibian street crossing is that you can see a lot of individuals and species in a shorter period and smaller location, and some species may perhaps not be viewed the rest of the 12 months,” reported Fish and Wildlife herpetologist Luke Groff. For case in point, the spotted and blue-noticed salamanders retreat underground or under logs or stumps immediately after breeding and are not often observed right until the upcoming spring, he claimed.

It is really also a likelihood to see uncommon and hard-to-obtain species, these kinds of as the four-toed salamander, the section said. The department, the Company of Transportation and conservation groups use the facts collection to ascertain if wildlife passages and limitations in highway design are essential that let for all wildlife to safely and securely cross streets, officers mentioned.

Vermonters are inspired to report amphibian road crossings, and images of the species if they can securely be taken, to Groff by electronic mail at [email protected]