CHECKLIST OF AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES OF LAND BETWEEN THE LAKES®

A Scott, Ed Zimmerer
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DATE TIME START END_________ OBSERVER(S) COUNTY LOCALITY WEATHER Area of Coverage The area covered by this checklist includes Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area and adjacent waters (Kentucky and Barkley lakes and the canal connecting them). Habitat Diversity As is true of all living things, the place where an amphibian or reptile resides is determined by an array of environmental conditions, each of which varies on a daily and seasonal basis. Some species are adapted to life
more » ... n water, whereas others do best on land. And within these two realms, subtypes of aquatic and terrestrial situations are favored. Two aquatic habitats dominate in LBL and adjacent waters. Within LBL proper, over 500 small ponds (woodland and open-land, permanent and temporary) provide homes and/or breeding sites for many kinds of frogs and salamanders and a few varieties of snakes and turtles. Outside LBL in its bordering lakes (Kentucky Lake on the west and Lake Barkley on the north and east), many other species, especially riverine turtles, water snakes and a few impoundment-adapted amphibians, abound. A far less available aquatic habitat (due to the nature of its bedrock and soils) in LBL is the freshwater stream. Here can be found a limited array of brookside salamanders and stream-adapted frogs. Among LBL's terrestrial habitats, second-growth, oak-hickory forest dominates. Approximately 153,000 of the total 170,000 acres are covered by this type of woodland, which supports many species of salamanders, snakes, lizards and the ubiquitous Eastern Box Turtle. The remaining land area is occupied by fields in one or another stage of succession. These areas harbor a number of species of snakes and lizards.
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