Skip to comments.Town closes road for salamander crossing
Posted on 03/17/2013 10:57:33 PM PDT by JoeProBono
EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J., - Just like San Juan Capistrano, Calif., has its swallows and Hinckley Township, Ohio, has its buzzards, East Brunswick, N.J., has its salamanders.
Each spring, the salamanders make a pilgrimage out of the woods in search of mates and for the past 11 years the good folks of East Brunswick and neighboring South Brunswick have been doing their part to help make the magic happen by closing Beekman Road to help ensure the 3-inch amphibians' safety on their way to required wetlands. The annual migration by hundreds of salamanders began last Tuesday, The (Newark) Star-Ledger reported Sunday.
"It was an amazing night, so many salamanders and so many people," David Moskowitz, president of the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, told the newspaper. "Reports from the road suggest there were hundreds crossing through the night and there must have been well over 100 people there" to watch.
Billy Horowitz, 11, of East Brunswick, who showed up with his dad to check it, proclaimed the salamanders "cool."
I cannot remember what crosses road in Southern Illinois- but evry year there is road closed in Shawnee Nat’l forrest for lizard crossing.
The NPS closes the road to Dantes View in Death Valley each year due to Desert Tortises crossings.
Are they big or little Tortoises, I can see NPS not wanting to have cars get damaged by the big ones, or cars damging the little ones.
I am joshing - best that none of our slower moving critters get damaged
We hardly have any left here because the drivers just smash them with no regard up on the mountain where they cross.
It’s only a hundred foot span of road but *no*, people can’t slow down to avoid them for that puny amount of distance.
It’s not like they’re darting into traffic at incredible speeds.
You can easily swerve to miss them but people just don’t.
That spot is a scene of massive carnage every spring.
Many species of amphibians all cross there on their way down the mountain to the vernal breeding pools.
The mashed amphibians and all the mammal scavengers who venture out to eat the remains.
Heartless, soulless bastards.
This time of the year we have those creepy little green Anole lizards that skitter everywhere and taunt the cat since they are on one side of the screen and she on the other. Everytime she manages to escape outside she brings one of them in so she has something to chase across the floor, catch and then throw into the air until it has met its demise.
I suppose I should warn her that she needs to stop lest the PETA and Lizard police come after her except that I absolutely cannot tolerate anything resembling a lizard or bug so maybe she thinks she’s helping me with the pest eradication.
Put a pipe under the road...it can be pushed right through by machine.
In Bermuda, when those big toads are out looking for mates, there are thousands of them squished on the roads..the stink is awful...tourists, on the scooters, often skid on the slimy mess and crash
The next day at breakfast, hubby was laughing that I had to have the lights on.
The two other hubbies smiled and confessed they and their "not so brave wives" slept with the lights on, too.
P.S. Never go to Mexico!!
Anoles are great little critters. I had one coming to me any time I sat on the front steps. I swatted yellow flies for him and he would eat them out of my hand.
They are a lot smarter than you would imagine.