Cold-Blooded Animals in a Cold Weather State: The Amphibians and Reptiles of Northern New England

Posted Aug. 27, 2013, at 8:54 a.m.
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Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 6 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Eagle Hill Institute, 59 Eagle Hill Road , Steuben, Maine

For more information: Jason Wimbiscus; 207-546-2821;

Steven Ressel, professor of biology at College of the Atlantic, will explain how Northern New England, with its short summers and relatively cool temperatures, appears to be particularly inhospitable for animals that are ectothermic (cold blooded) but is actually home to a remarkable and surprisingly diverse assemblage of native amphibians and reptiles, from the diminutive spring peeper that freezes in the winter time to massive leatherback turtles that frequent the cold water of the Gulf of Maine. This talk will highlight the biology and ecology of these and other “herps” that live among us but are often out-of-sight and mind when we think of animals that exemplifies Maine’s fauna.