Saturday, May 27, 2006


I am no naturalist, so I don't know much about toads. I just know they are hopping all around my house and yard this time of year. According to Bill Ruehlmann at,

"Amphibians have always been scarce on Ocracoke. There are no documented accounts of salamanders and only four recorded species of frogs and toads. This is because of the scarcity of fresh water and the large amount of salt spray which, during storms, reaches almost all areas of the island."

Click on the link above to read the rest of Ruehlmann's glowing article about island naturalist Pat Garber and her book Ocracoke Wild: A Naturalist's Year on an Outer Banks Island. Although this book is out of print, Pat's other book, Ocracoke Odyssey, A Naturalist's Reflections on her Home by the Sea, is available here.

You can read our latest newsletter here. It's the story of the Invasion of Ocracoke & Portsmouth in the War of 1812.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous2:55 PM

    We have the Sand Flee cottage on the island, and there are several Anole that patrol the back deck & kitchen windowsill - very entertaining as you sip your coffee & contemplate the day. :o)