Wildlife

Wildlife

Twin lakes are blessed with an abundance of wildlife, from big cats to little birds. The lakes are home to Whitetail Deer, Eastern Wild Turkey, Coyote, Grey Fox, Fisher Cat, Kestrels, Garter Snake, Timber Rattlers and Copperheads (both rare), Muskrat, Migratory Ducks, Canadian Geese, Woodcock, Ruffed Grouse, Painted Turtles, Bull Frogs, Leopard Frogs and Tree Frogs. In the waters you will find Brook, Brown and Rainbow trout, Northern Pike, Carp, Largemouth, Smallmouth and Rock bass, Blue Gill and Brown Bullhead. You may also stumble upon these feathered or furry creatures:

Black Bear

Population in Connecticut is about 7,300 and growing. Sightings around the lakes have been frequent. They hibernate December through March, though not necessarily continuous. Best to leave it alone but if approached make noise and wave your arms.

Bobcat

Found year-round lurking behind cover in hardwood forests, brushy lowlands and swamps. Most active just after dusk and before dawn. They rarely bother people, preferring to run away. If there is an encounter, back away slowly.

Moose

State population estimated at 100 to 150 and rarely seen around the lakes. But moose occasionally meander into the Twins Lakes area. In spring and summer, they are sometimes seen foraging for aquatic plants in wetlands.

Bald Eagle

Eagle families have lived in the tree tops around the lakes for many years. They feed mainly on fish and often breed with the same mate beginning in January. Disturbances at nest sites may cause eagles to abandon their nest despite having eggs or young eagles.

Red Fox

Widespread and abundant, foxes are active year-round. They inhabit areas around the lakes with a mixture of forest and open fields. They can be active at any time of day but appear to hunt most often during dawn and dusk. They stay away from people–but not their small pets!

Beaver

Beaver play an important role in the eco system by creating and enhancing wetlands that benefit a wide variety plant an animal species. They can be found year-round inhabiting rivers, streams, lakes, farm ponds, swamps and other wetland areas.

Snapping Turtle

Can be found year-round throughout the area. They are nocturnal and spend most of the time underwater. They inhabit bodies of water, including marshes, creeks, swamps, bogs, pools, lakes, streams and rivers. Do not touch. Their bite is painful.

Mink Weasel

Found along rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and marshes. They are primarily nocturnal and are active year-round. Their favorite prey are muskrats but they hunt other small animals such as mice, squirrel, rabbit, chipmunk, fish, frog, snakes and birds.

Assorted Birds

Twin Lakes is blessed with many flying friends, including Great Horned Owls, Bald Eagles, many species of hawk, Goldfinch, Baltimore Orioles, Barn Swallows, Robin, Black-Capped Chickadees, Cardinals, Blue-Jays, Bluebirds, Red-headed and Pileated Woodpecker, hummingbirds and Belted Kingfisher.