Kelsey McCullough, Jake Barker, Piper Gunderson
April 8, 2009
‘Battle Plan’, ’Action Plan’, ’Plan of Action’
I. What is an amphibian?
Amphibians live double lives- one in water and one on land. Many begin life with
gills, then develop lungs as they age. They are vertebrate animals that include frogs,
toads, salamanders, and newts as well as odd, wormlike caecilians. They are cold-
blooded, using the environment to regulate their body temperature. Early amphibians
were the first animals to leave the sea and venture onto land, forming a crucial link from
fish to terrestrial reptiles.
II. What is a reptile?
Reptiles have been around for 300 million years, and during the age of the
dinosaurs, they ruled the Earth. Those days are long gone, and those giants have
vanished, but some 6,500 species of reptiles still thrive today. Crocodiles, snakes, lizards,
and turtles are all reptiles. Most reptiles live on land, and most lay eggs. They are
vertebrates, and, unlike any other animals, are covered in scales. They are cold-blooded,
and regulate their body temperature by seeking or avoiding the sun's heat.
III. What are Vernal Pools ?
Vernal pools are temporary bodies of water that provide essential habitat for a
variety of creatures. Dry basins fill as water tables rise in fall or winter and during spring
snowmelt and rains; pools usually dry by mid-to late summer. For some species of
amphibians and invertebrates, vernal pools are required for breeding. Other species, such
as Blanding's and spotted turtles, often use vernal pools for foraging or mating.
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