- Ponds Resources -

How many ponds are there in Connecticut?


There are more than 19,000 ponds and most are less than 5 acres in surface area.  A book describing pond management is available here: https://www.ctdeepstore.com/Small-Ponds-in-Connecticut-70.htm.


Where can I find a pond in Litchfield County?


Two ponds can be found at the Orzech Family Preserve, here


Visit the Weantinoge site and hike and explore one of Litchfield County's many lush preserves!  https://weantinoge.org/our_owned_lands/

Each one of the seven parcels described has ponds or streams!  

Information about Connecticut parks can be found here: https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/State-Parks/Connecticut-State-Parks-and-Forests 



What is a vernal pond?


A vernal pond or pool is an area that fills with water in the fall and spring but becomes completely dry during some portion of the year. This is important as the dry period prevents fish from living in the water and eating the eggs of amphibians. 


What animals do you see near the pond? Do you see any animal tracks?


This website has information and pictures of birds, mammals, amphibians, and more: http://wildlifeofct.com./.  


Information about endangered species can be found here: https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Endangered-Species/Endangered-Species


What is the red-backed salamander?


It is one of one of Connecticut’s 12 resident salamanders,  and “is the most abundant vertebrate in the Northeast. It has been estimated that the biomass of this creature exceeds the biomass of all the other birds and mammals,” according to Brookfield Animal Hospital.

You can see a list of common Connecticut amphibians and reptiles here: http://wildlifeofct.com./amphibians%20and%20reptiles.html.

More information about Connecticut reptiles can be found here: https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Wildlife/Learn-About-Wildlife/Salamanders-of-Connecticut 


Why do frogs lay eggs?


The answer, as well as a description of  North American Wood Frogs and Spring Peeppers, can be found here: https://www.brookfieldanimalhospital.com/field-guide-frog-eggs-connecticut/.