Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team

Applied Materials Earth Day Expo - Vernal Pond Exhibit  4-20-2018


Applied Materials is really reaching out to educate employees and improve the earth. This Earth Day Expo was a great event. They had a number of diverse booths showcasing things from our critters to composting to recycled plastic kitchenware. We showed off our Vernal Pond Exhibit to a very large crowd. Lots of employees came by the booth and we had an exceptional variety of animals in our display to show them. Our vernal pond critters included a Gray tree frog, Wood frog, Spring peeper, and a big fat toad. We also brought Spotted turtles, Fairy shrimp, Spotted salamanders along with Spotted salamander and Wood frog egg masses. We had a bunch of native snakes known to haunt vernal pools on display and another half dozen that took turns being held -- between naps. We had a great time teaching our visitors about vernal pond wildlife and habitat and how to appreciate and hold our snakes. The facility has a nice vernal pond right there on site for employees to explore.




Vernal Pond Friends!


American toad.
A face only a mother could love? He is so cute!


Spotted salamander. Plus a little baby. The spots are unique to each salamander and you can actually identify them by their spots.




Spotted turtle. This turtle is quite small measuring approximately 5 inches in length when fully grown.


Gray tree frog
The sticky fingers and toes are the key  to identifying these frogs.




Gray tree frog
to the left and
Wood frog
to the right







Fairy
Shrimp
Bowl









Wood
Frog
eggs
on
top
and
Spotted
salamander
eggs
on
bottom


Vernal Pond Snake Friends Too!







Applied Materials Animal Friends!













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Just a speck like Alfred Hitchcock?
He has that same sweet harmless look.
Especially holding one of our snakes.
Gadzooks!



He's a believer... snake lover at heart!








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