Havre de Grace in Harford County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Welcome to Our Wetland Home
Listen...Look...can you find the animals that call this special place home?
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.
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
The muskrat is swimming across the water. Can you see the long 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. Touch 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); Gold Star Families Memorial Monument (within shouting distance of 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). Touch for a list and map 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. • Animals • Environment • Natural Resources • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 29, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,366 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 29, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.