• Beach walkway to white sandy beach and bluegreen waters

    Gulf Islands

    National Seashore FL,MS

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  • Partial Closure on Horn Island

    Small portion of Horn Island, Mississippi, closed to entry due to discovery of asbestos and possible other bio hazards. Click on more for map and press release. More »

  • Shorebirds Nesting Near Roads - 20 mph

    Shorebirds are nesting near roads and cross the road regularly. Observe posted speed limits and be alert for tiny birds on the roads. Last year 155 birds were killed on park roads, help us reduce the mortality rate of these beautiful birds and go slow.

Amphibians

A pudgy southern toad with red spots sits on a gray board.

Southern toad (Bufo terrestris)

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Amphibians spend part of their lives in the water and part on land. They are ectothermic, which means they can not regulate their own body temperature so many amphibians hibernate in the winter. Amphibians breathe with gills, lungs, the skin, lining of the mouth or a combinations of these things. They tend to live in moist places or near water to keep their soft skin from drying out. Some species of amphibians have poison producing glands in their skin to make them taste bad to any predator that tries to eat them.

Gulf Islands National Seashore is home to many amphibians. They are often found in the moist areas by marshes and ponds. The most common amphibians at Gulf Islands are cricket frogs, narrow mouthed frogs, and squirrel tree frogs.

Did You Know?

Two Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins ride the bow wave of the wooden passenger ferry.

Did you know that two thirds of Gulf Islands National Seashore is under water? The largest, most common, mammal in this underwater realm is the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin.