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Animals of the NJ Pine Barrens

A total of 39 species of mammals, 299 Birds, 59 reptile and amphibian species and 91 fish species have been identified as occurring within the Pinelands. They include 43 animal species listed as threatened or endangered by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. Listed below are the more dominant species in the Pinelands, some of which are threatened.


Marbled Salamander-Ambystoma opacum
Tiger Salamander-Ambystoma tigrinum
Newt-Notophthalmus viridescens
Two-lined Salamander-Eurycea bislineata
Four-toed Salamander-Hemidactylium scutatum
Red-backed Salamander-Plethodon cinereus
Red Salamander-Pseudotriton ruber
Eastern Spadefoot-Scaphiopus holbrooki
Carpenter Frog-Rana virgatipes
Green Frog-Rana clamitans
Wood Frog-Rana sylvatica
Southern Leopard Frog-Rana sphenocephala
Fowler's Toad-Bufo woodhousei
Pine Barrens Treefrog-Hyla andersoni
Gray Treefrog-Hyla versicolor
Spring Peeper-Hyla crucifer
Chorus Frog-Pseudacris triseriata


Common Snapping Turtle-Chelydra serpentina
Common Mud Turtle-Kinosternon subrubrum
Stinkpot-Sternotherus odoratus
Spotted Turtle-Clemmys guttata
Wood Turtle-Clemmys insculpta
Bog Turtle-Clemmys muhlenbergi
Box Turtle-Terrapene carolina
Painted Turtle-Chrysemys picta
Red-bellied Turtle-Chrysemys rubriventris
Eastern Fence Lizard-Sceloporus undulatus
Five-lined Skink-Eumeces fasciatus
Ground Skink-Leiolopisma laterale
Common Water Snake-Natrix sipedon
Brown Snake-Storeria dekayi
Red-bellied Snake-Storeria occipitomaculata
Eastern Ribbon Snake-Thamnophis sauritus
Common Garter Snake-Thamnophis sirtalis
Eastern Hognose Snake-Heterodon platyrhinos
Ringneck Snake-Diadophis punctatus
Worm Snake-Carphophis amoenus
Black Racer-Coluber constrictor
Rough Green Snake-Opheodrys aestivus
Corn Snake-Elaphe guttata
Black Rat Snake-Elaphe obsoleta
Pine Snake-Pituophis melanoleucas
Milk Snake-Lampropeltis triangulum
Common King Snake-Lampropeltis getulus
Scarlet Snake-Cemophora coccinea
Timber Rattlesnake-Crotalus horridus



Virginia Opossum-Didelphis virginiana
Masked Shrew-Sorex cinereus
Short-tailed Shrew-Blarina brevicauda
Eastern Mole-Scalopus aquaticus
Eastern Cottontail-Sylvilagus floridanus
Eastern Chipmunk-Tamias striatus
Gray Squirrel-Sciurus carolinensis
Red Squirrel-Tamiasciurus hudsonicus
Southern Flying Squirrel-Glaucomys volans
Beaver-Castor canadensis
White-footed Mouse-Peromyscus leucopus
Gapper's Red-backed Mouse- Clethrionomys gapperi
Meadow Vole-Microtus pennsylvanicus
Woodland Vole-Microtus pinetorum
Muskrat-Ondatra zibethicus
Meadow Jumping Mouse-Zapus hudsonicus
Gray Fox-Urocyon cinereoargenteus
Raccoon-Procyon lotor
Long-tailed Weasel-Mustela frenata
Mink-Mustela vison
River Otter-Lontra canadensis
White-tailed Deer-Odocoileus virginianus


American Eel-Anguilla rostrata
Redfin (Grass) Pickerel-Esoc americanus
Chain Pickerel-Esox Niger
Eastern Mudminnow-Umbra pygmaea
Golden Shiner-Notemigonus crysoleuces
Creek Chubsucker-Erimyzon oblongus
Yellow Bullhead-Ictalurus natalis
Brown Bullhead-Ictalurus nebulosus
Tadpole Madtom-Noturus gyrinus
Pirate Perch-Aphredoderus sayanus
Mud Sunfish-Acantharchus pomotis
Blackbanded Sunfish-Enneacanthus chaetodon
Banded Sunfish-Enneacanthus obesus
Pumpkinseed-Lepomis gibbosus
Swamp Darter-Etheostoma fusiforme
Tassellated Darter-Etheostoma olmstedi
Yellow Perch-Perca flavescens

Do you want to help protect the Herps? Anyone interested in herps can become a Herp Atlas Project Volunteer! Just visit New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife's Endangered & Nongame Species Program (ENSP) for details.
Data Source: NJ Pinelands Commission



The Pine Barrens is becoming a popular tourist destination. It offers history, nature, boating, camping, fishing, swimming, and most of all, peace and tranquility. It's important to families who live here, whether for a few years or many generations, that our peace and tranquility be preserved.A local lawyer or doctor won't look any different than his neighbor who works the land. Thousand dollar suits aren't what impress people of the Pines - taking care of nature and fellow man is what matters. To that end, it is important for you to know that as a visitor to our precious Pine Barrens, you should show respect for the flora and fauna, for the historical buildings or their remains, and show respect for the "locals". Walk and drive gently. Treat our Pine Barrens as you would want a visitor to treat your own home town - and your own family. Thank you.

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