Amphibians and Reptiles





Wetland Babies

Late spring and early summer bring an abundance of babies...ducklings, goslings, fawns, fox kits. It turns the wetlands property into a virtual nursery.

Canadian goose families
This baby skunk was busy, busy in the hot summer hayfield. We do have a large population of skunks on the wetlands but they have an important job...they eat grubs and insects, so we forgive their aromatic difference.
A mother whitetail doe checks for safety before allowing her two fawns to continue.
Whitetail fawn. This little bit of new life, probably only two days old, hides in this protective nest and will not move until his mother returns.
This little kildeer chick is one of three that hatched despite the cold and rain this spring, and despite the fact that their mother made her nest in our driveway!! But it was worth the barricades and signs when we saw these little fellows wandering around with their Mom and Dad.
This young owlet will grow to be a great horned owl. Right now he just looks like a gray fuzzy toy, but soon he will reach his optimum size of 21-25" tall with a 44" wingspan and be the formidable silent killer of the forest.We'll listen for his low sonorous hoo-hoo-hoo. But right now all he can manage is clicking his bill and ruffling his fluffy down.
A pair of fox kits nose off.
This baby snapping turtle was found making his way across the driveway. He was scooped up in a bucket and deposited at the edge of one of the impoundments.
The immediate reaction for the sun-baked young snapper was to wallow down in the mud (shown above), leaving only his nose to show his location (upper right).