Because these animals live on land but breed in and near water, you are likely to spot amphibians in or near the Chattahoochee River. These cold-blooded animals depend on the sun to warm them while basking on a riverside rock or scurrying along a tree lined trail. The waters of the river supply a comfortable breeding location as well as a place to cool down.
The larvae typically are aquatic breathing through gills. In the adult stages the amphibians become semi-terrestrial, breathing through lungs as well as through their moist, glandular skin.
For a list of amphibians found in the park visit the NPSpecies page. Make sure you select Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CHAT) and Amphibians in the drop down menus before clicking on theSearch button. Once the list appears click on the Report/PDF button to print out a Species Checklist for the park. Learn about the two orders of amphibians found in the park: Order Anura - frogs and toads and Order Caudata - salamanders and newts.