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Vernal Pools

Vernal Pool located in Old Saybrook
Vernal pools are unique seasonal water features found throughout Old Saybrook.  These pools, which typically dry up during the summer, provide critical breeding and development habitat for serveral types of amphibians and other organisms that depend on the pool and the surrounding uplands.  Vernal pools are characterized by water for 2-3 months or longer but usually not year round, lack of any inlet or outlet stream and lack of any predatory fish populations.
The following species typically are found in vernal pools in Connecticut: spotted salamander, Jefferson salamander, marbled salamander, wood frog and fairy shrimp.