Pinelands Wildlife

The Pine Barrens is home to a rich variety of wildlife. "Quonking" Pine Barrens tree frogs, eastern mud turtles, northen pine snakes and river otters are all denizens. And many more...


The Pine Barrens today is home to 35 species of mammals. Top predators like black bears, cougars and wolves were lost to hunting and trapping long ago, although black bears seem to be finding their way back.

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While the diversity of bird species in the Pine Barrens is not particularly great, many species live within or migrate through the Pine Barrens.

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Two toads and twelve frogs are known to inhabit the Pinelands. All of these amphibians are dependent on high-quality aquatic habitat for breeding, but some of them are otherwise more closely associated with uplands.

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About 20 species of snakes inhabit the Pinelands, and several of these populations are quite remarkable.

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Pine Barrens streams are good habitat for a very limited range of fish species, because of the streams’ acidity. Most fish cannot reproduce in the Pine Barrens’ naturally acid waters, because the acidity interferes with the development of their eggs.

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Descriptions in this section are from A Field Guide to the Pine Barrens of New Jersey by Howard Boyd, courtesy of Plexus Publishing

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