The Connecticut River, which separates Vermont from New Hampshire before heading into the state of Connecticut, has an abundance and wide variety of wildlife. Mammals along the river include the beaver and the opossum. Reptiles and amphibians include the timber rattlesnake, the snapping turtle, the northern water snake, the red-spotted newt, and the northern dusky salamander. There are many species of birds to be found along the river as well. Some of the more spectacular species are the bald eagle, the common loon, the belted kingfisher, and the great blue heron.Didn’t catch that? This explains it.
The Connecticut River is also home to many species of fish, including several species of trout, striped and smallmouth bass, shad, carp, catfish and eel. The Atlantic Salmon had been driven out of the river in the 1800′s as damming disrupted the spawning, but they are now being reintroduced with the help of fish ladders and fish elevators.
Because of industrial development along the river in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, pollution along the river was severe until the late 1900′s. The Water Quality Act of 1865 has helped to reduce that problem significantly, and many towns along the river now limit development in order to keep the Connecticut River clean and pristine.

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