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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Acadian Flycatcher | The Cove Forest
Acadian Flycatcher | The Cove Forest

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(Empidonax virescens) This flycatcher prefers deciduous forests that are associated with relatively moist habitats such as those found along rivers. High affinity for sites with high shrub densities...
Black-Bellied Salamander | The Cove Forest
Black-Bellied Salamander | The Cove Forest

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(Desmognathus quadramaculatus) This is the largest of the lungless salamanders in the cove forests. They are usually found in streams that have a rocky bottom and usually rest on wet rocks near these...
Black-Throated Blue Warbler | The Cove Forest
Black-Throated Blue Warbler | The Cove Forest

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(Dendroica caerulescens) This warbler prefers to forages in the shrub layer associated with the cove forests, especially rhododendron thickets, hobble bush and mountain laurel. Has an affinity for...
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...
Deer Mouse | The Cove Forest
Deer Mouse | The Cove Forest

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(peromyscus maniculatus) This rodent is the most important prey item for the avian and mammalian predators that frequent the cove forest. This specis is the most widespread of North American rodents...
Eastern Box Turtle | The Cove Forest
Eastern Box Turtle | The Cove Forest

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(Terrapene carolina) This turtle is very common and is highly terrestrial. The males have red eyes and the bottom of the shell (plastron) is scoped out; while the females have brown/yellow eyes and a...
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...
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...
Eastern Pipistrelle Bat | The Cove Forest
Eastern Pipistrelle Bat | The Cove Forest

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The pipistrelle is the smallest bat in the southern US. This is one of the most common bats in the cove forest. This bat is a very early evening feeder and tends to feed at treetop levels.
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...