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Welcome to Our Wetland Home

 
 
Welcome to Our Wetland Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, July 13, 2008
1. Welcome to Our Wetland Home Marker
Inscription. Along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay wetlands provide a home for many different animals.
Listen...Look...can you find the animals that call this special place home?
Look Up!
Can you find the snake? Black rat snakes are skilled climbers searching in trees for birds and eggs to eat. Also look for black rat snakes along the shoreline where they may be hunting frogs and small mammals. This snake is not poisonous but instead wraps its long body around an animal and squeezes tightly. Then, the snake swallows the animal whole. The black rat snake is Maryland's largest snake with some snakes growing 7 or 8 feet long.
Be still!
The eastern painted turtles are basking on the log to warm themselves. They sit motionless, soaking up the sun, until something disturbs them. Then, they quickly slide into the water and disappear. Painted turtles always eat underwater. They are not picky eaters, hunting for fish, insects, tadpoles, plants, seeds, and even dead animals. You can spot a painted turtle by the yellow, orange, and red colors on its shell and body. The painted turtle is one of the most common turtles in Maryland but do not look for them in winter. They are all sleeping in the mud at the bottom of this wetland.
Watch closely!
The muskrat is swimming across the water. Can you see the long
Wetland visible from the boardwalk. image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, July 13, 2008
2. Wetland visible from the boardwalk.
thin tail moving back and forth? Muskrats are good swimmers, using their large back feet to move through the water. Did you know that a muskrat can stay underwater for up to 15 minutes? This helps them swim under ice, escape enemies and find food. Muskrats search the wetlands for roots and stems of plants to eat and sometimes even a frog or crayfish. Muskrats are active all year long. Their dense soft fur keeps them warm during our cold winters.
...search with your ears and eyes for other animals that live here.
 
Location. 39° 32.39′ N, 76° 5.114′ W. Marker is in Havre de Grace, Maryland, in Harford County. Marker can be reached from Commerce Street. Click for map. Marker is on the Havre de Grace Promenade, a board walk from Millard E. Tydings Memorial Park to the Havre de Grace Lighthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Havre de Grace MD 21078, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. America's 25th Earth Day (a few steps from this marker); Screaming Rockets (within shouting distance of this marker); President William J. Clinton (within shouting distance of this marker); Principio Destroyed (within shouting distance of this marker); A Perfect Location (within shouting distance of this marker); A Crucial Connection (within shouting distance of this marker); Birds by the Bay (within shouting distance of this marker); British Landing (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Havre de Grace.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Walking tour of Havre de Grace Promenade
 
Categories. AnimalsEnvironmentNatural ResourcesWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,329 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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