Escorts Keep Amphibians From Being Road Kill

In Vermont, being an amphibian comes with certain risks — and perks. Each spring, frogs and salamanders get crossing guards. Thousands of amphibians hop and slither across highways at night. Hundreds end up flattened. So volunteers stand on the road with flashlights, ready to escort the creatures. Once the animals reach their destination, mating season begins.

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ARI SHAPIRO, host:

Good morning. I'm Ari Shapiro.

In Vermont, being an amphibian comes with certain risks and perks. Each spring, frogs and salamanders get crossing guards. Thousands of amphibians hop and slither across highways at night. Hundreds end up flattened. So volunteers stand on the road with flashlights, ready to escort the creatures. Once the animals reach their destination mating season begins, thus answering the age-old question: Why did the salamander cross the road?

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