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Animals like frogs and turtles are waiting out winter by submerging or freezing. As spring temperatures rise and their prey becomes active, reptiles and amphibians will make use of small pools of melt water called vernal pools. These temporary pools are the breeding grounds and also the feeding grounds for many animals. As the spring season progresses, the water will evaporate or seep into the thawed soil. Those animals that used the vernal pond will have moved on to their adult or summer habitat.
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