Category Archives: Cape Cod Wildlife

Tiny Horseshoe Crab On The Beach On Cape Cod

This little Horseshoe Crab shell that we saw on Coast Guard Beach the other day was no bigger than a quarter. It was tiny!

“For the horseshoe to grow larger, it must molt and shed its shell. These “molts” can sometimes be found near tidal flats, left by the juvenile crabs who live there for their first year or two.”

Fascinating, don’t you think?

Bullfrog At The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary On Cape Cod

I kept hearing this Bullfrog in the water by Silver Spring Trail, but I couldn’t see where it was until I used my binoculars and saw him amongst the Lily Pads. With his camouflage coloring, he was quite hidden in there.

This Bullfrog is about 4 and 3/4 ” and the female lays up to 20,000 eggs. Yikes! That is a lot of eggs!! It takes 1-3 years for the tadpoles to develop into adults. Interesting…

Baby Animal Shower At Wild Care In Eastham On Cape Cod!

Wild Care in Eastham on Cape Cod is a remarkable place in Eastham on Cape Cod. Their mission is:

“To help sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife through Wildlife Rehabilitation; to reduce the number of animals impacted by human activity through Educational Outreach; and to help protect the species and the ecosystems they represent through Advocacy and Conservation.”

Yesterday they had their annual “Baby Shower” for all of the little “wild ones” that they care for. It was so much fun! People brought things from paper towels to food to laundry detergent to gift cards for the center. I took this photograph at 10:30 and it was only the first 1/2 hour. Wow!

This is a photograph of the little Eastern Screech Owl named “Up-Up” that was brought to them in May. ┬áIt cannot fly so it will be there permanently and used for Educational Outreach programs in the schools and organizations.

What an adorable little guy, don’t you think?

Eastern Ribbon Snake At The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

We were taking a hike along the Silver Spring Trail at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary when I saw this Eastern Ribbon snake on the side of the trail. I’m not sure who was more startled! But he stayed on the trail and just looked at me.

The Eastern Ribbon snake is a slender, blackish brown snake with 3 yellow stripes. It is found near water (Silver Spring) where it swims on the surface.