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A flooded cornfield, typical habitat for amphibian breeding in vernal pools in Kansas.

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Herpetologists look for central newts (Notophthalmus viridescens louisianensis) at a vernal pool in Bennett Springs State Park near Lebanon, Missouri.

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Vernal pools like this one in California’s central valley are home to a number of unique species that have carved their niche in these seasonally flooded areas. Development and pollution from agricultural run off threaten the vernal pool habitat.

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