The group amphibian includes frogs, toads, and salamanders. The word amphibian was taken from the Greek “amphi” meaning “double” and “bios” meaning “life” which is quite fitting as these creatures do live a double life. Emerging from eggs that are usually laid in the water, most amphibians begin their life with gills. They soon lose these gills and metamorphose from a completely aquatic form into a more terrestrial form. Several small wetlands, riparian areas, and vernal pools within the Eisenhower National Historic Site provide breeding habitat for a variety of amphibian species.
Amphibian Species found at Eisenhower National Historic Site:
Did You Know?
Major Eisenhower and Col. George Patton were reprimanded by their army superiors for advocating revolutionary tank tactics in the early 20s. These were the same tactics employed with such success by the German army in the early years of WWII.