Quail, Rebecca, A.C. 2001. Importance of beaver ponds to vernal
pool breeding amphibians. M.S. Thesis, SUNY-ESF, 50 pp.
Reproduction for wood frogs and spotted salamanders is generally regarded
as being restricted to vernal pool habitats. However, reproduction
for these species can occur in more permanent water bodies. I examined
the presence and success of reproduction by wood frogs and spotted salamanders
in beaver ponds. Because beaver ponds are relatively more permanent
than vernal pools, the expectation would be that reproduction would be unsuccessful.
I found that wood frogs and spotted salamanders regularly reproduce in beaver
ponds. Numbers of wood frog juveniles produced from beaver ponds are
similar to vernal pools. In addition, wood frog juveniles that emerge
from beaver ponds are larger than those emerging from vernal pools.
Beaver ponds are important reproductive habitat for wood frogs because populations
of wood frogs successfully reproduce and produce larger metamorphs there.