Biologists warn of road-crossing amphibians in early spring
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Biologists are urging drivers to watch out for amphibians that will be crossing roadways across Vermont during their early spring migration.
It’s the time of year when frogs and salamanders are crossing the roads.
Biologist Jens Hilke of Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says the migration frequently takes them across roads and highways where they are killed by cars, which contributes to the species’ decline in the state.
Hilke says frogs and salamanders become active on rainy spring nights. On those nights, drivers should slow down on roads near ponds and wetlands, or try to use an alternate route. These amphibian “hotspots” can lead to the death of thousands of animals on a single night.