The New Jersey Pine Barrens (also referred to as the “Pinelands”) is a forested and rural area located in Southern to Central New Jersey. Even though New Jersey has the highest population density of any US state, the 1.1 million acres (4,500 km²) of the Pine Barrens remain underdeveloped. The Pine Barrens ecosystem thrives in the sandy, acidic, nutrient-poor soil typical of the region. The New Jersey Pinelands Commission is an independent, state/federal agency charged with preserving and protecting The Pinelands National Reserve.
Here are some of my friend’s portraits:
This Eastern Garter Snake was interrupted while trying to chow down on another Fowler’s toad. He was none too happy about the unnatural intervention! The Fowler’s toad rested for about a minute and hopped as far away as it could.
These reptiles and amphibians are very common species. A thorough listing of Pine Barrens reptiles and amphibians with photos can be found at the Online Field Guide for Reptiles and Amphibians.