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CHANJ Featured Species


At least 127 wildlife species stand to benefit from the connected landscape envisioned by CHANJ. They include a variety of land-based game and nongame species, some of which are rare and others that are common. Eighty-two of these animals are recognized as Species of Greatest Conservation Need in New Jersey’s State Wildlife Action Plan, like the Bobcat, Blue-spotted Salamander, and Northern Diamond-backed Terrapin, due to their low or declining populations and need for conservation. Below are some of the animals that benefit from habitat connectivity:

Timber Rattlesnake Timber Rattlesnake
Kings of camouflage, DNA studies have shown that NJ roads are keeping them apart.
Species Profile
(pdf, 2.3mb)
Atlantic Coast Leopard Frog Atlantic Coast Leopard Frog
A "new" species, it has probably been in New Jersey all along.
Species Profile
(pdf, 860kb)
Beaver Beaver swimming with birch twig
North America's largest rodent is back from the brink (and busy as always) in the Garden State.
Species Profile
(pdf, 880kb)
Northern Pine Snake Two male northern pine snakes
Two male Northern Pine Snakes battle for dominance.
Species Profile
(pdf, 950kb)


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