09. Animals of the Forest

Many, many types of animals make their home in the cove forest, including amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds. Click on the topics below to see some of the various species that live in the cove forest.

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Ringneck Snake | The Cove Forest
Ringneck Snake | The Cove Forest

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(Diadophis punctatus) The ringneck is very secretive and highly nocturnal. They are found under logs and rocks in moist areas. Earthworms and small salamanders are their chief prey.
Northern Water Snake | The Cove Forest
Northern Water Snake | The Cove Forest

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(Nerodia sipedon) This aquatic snake is usually found in slow moving bodies of water. This snake is often found basking on logs in the water or on rocks close to the body of water. Fish and amphibians...
Copperhead | The Cove Forest
Copperhead | The Cove Forest

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(Agkistrodon contortrix) The copperhead is the primary poisonous snake in the cove forest. The pit located on each side of the head between the eye and the nasal opening is a heat sensor. The prey...
Eastern Garter Snake | The Cove Forest
Eastern Garter Snake | The Cove Forest

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(Thamnophis sirtalis) This snake has a wide geographic range and is the only snake that extends its range into the northern reaches of Canada. Frogs and salamanders are the primary prey of the garter...
Red Bat | The Cove Forest
Red Bat | The Cove Forest

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(Lasiurus borealis) This bat is one of the most beautiful bats in the US. Red bats roost in trees and shrubs during the day. Moths are one of their preferred prey items.
Gray Fox | The Cove Forest
Gray Fox | The Cove Forest

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(Urocyon cinereoargneteus) This fox is widely distributed and associated with decidous forests. The gray fox is an omnivore and will eat fruit, insects and small mammal prey items. This is the only...
Flying Squirrel | The Cove Forest
Flying Squirrel | The Cove Forest

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(Glaucomys volans) This squirrel is one of the most common squirrels in the cove forests. Few are seen since they are strictly nocturnal. The flying squirrel does not fly, rather it glides by using...
Eastern Chipmunk | The Cove Forest
Eastern Chipmunk | The Cove Forest

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(Tamias striatus) This ground squirrel is a burrowing mammal but is adept at climbing through trees. Nuts and seeds are the primary food sources; however, flowers, leaves, fungi and small amphibians...
Golden Mouse | The Cove Forest
Golden Mouse | The Cove Forest

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(Ochrotomys nuttali) This rodent is one of the most beautiful of our native mice. A light to brilliant orange-gold fur is characterstic of the adults. This mouse uses shrubs and vines as a serial...
Hooded Warbler | The Cove Forest
Hooded Warbler | The Cove Forest

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(Wilsonia citrina) These warblers are common in the moist hardwood forests of the southeast. Their feeding activity is usually concentrated in the understory bushes. They consume insects on the ground...