Vernal pools are important habitats used as breeding grounds by adult amphibians and as nurseries by young amphibians. This quiz will test you on what you know about these temporary water bodies. All of the answers can be found in the article, "Temporary pools a permanent part of amphibian life cycle,"
1. Vernal pools get their name from the season in which they are most full. What does "vernal" mean?
2. Which of these amphibians use vernal ponds?
A. Spring Peepers
B. Spadefoot Toads
C. Marble Salamanders
D. All of the above
3. What makes vernal pools so important for amphibians is that fish cannot live in them. Why would fish be bad for the amphibians?
A. They take up too much room.
B. They create nutrient pollution.
C. They would eat all of the food in the pool.
D. They would eat the amphibians!
4. After the amphibians become adults, they move out of the pools until it is time to breed. How many of these amphibians live within 1,000 feet of the pool?
5. What is the greatest threat to vernal pools?
B. Global Warming