Shiloh Battlefield Visitor Center to Close for Remodeling
On October 27, Shiloh Battlefield's Visitor Center will close for remodeling. The work will take two to three weeks to complete. Visitors will be able to view the park movie and receive assistance from rangers in a tent erected next to the park bookstore. More »
Like reptiles, amphibians are cold-blooded and play an important role in the environment as a natural pest control. Frogs and toads are beneficial amphibians in that they keep down the population of potentially harmful vector (or disease-carrying) insects such as flies and mosquitoes. Unlike reptiles, however, amphibians spend the beginning of their lives in water and use gills to breathe, like fish. For this reason, amphibians are usually found close to a water source so that they can reproduce and lay their eggs. The young hatch out, feed, and as they grow older, begin to develop limbs and lungs. When this development is complete, they become adults and are capable of reproducing themselves. Thirty-one species of amphibians have been documented in the park, and some of these species include the marbled salamander, bullfrog, northern cricket frog, green tree frog, and barking treefrog.
Did You Know?
Congress established Shiloh National Military Park in 1894, making it the third oldest battlefield in the National Park system. Originally under the War Department, Shiloh predated the National Park Service by 22 years.