• The First Lincoln Memorial

    Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

    National Historical Park Kentucky


An American toad
American Toad
NPS Photo

Amphibians are interesting creatures to observe in their natural habitats. Many species are highly adapted for life on land. As a group, however, amphibians are semi-aquatic and water is essential for their survival.

In order to successfully observe amphibians:

  • Walk slowly and avoid sudden movements and loud noises.
  • Listen-Different frogs and toads "sing" in different months and temperatures. Spring is the perfect time to hear them.
  • Note the size, color and patterns so identification can be successful.
  • Many salamanders are nocturnal and can be found under rocks or fallen trees. Beware! Poisonous animals like some snakes and spiders like these hiding places too. So please, do not disturb.

For a listing of amphibians that have been observed at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace and the Boyhood Home at Knob Creek click here.

Did You Know?

Picture of the Boundary Oak Tree

A large white oak tree at the Sinking Spring Farm first served as a specified boundary marker in an 1805 survey of the farm. The oak became known as the Boundary Oak and was thought to be 28 years old at the time of Lincoln's birth. The tree eventually died in 1976 and was later found to be 195 years old.