The Wabash River supports an abundant and diverse wildlife population. At least 150 species of birds have been sighted around the river. The waterfowl are most dependent on the river. Three large fishing species frequent the river; the Black-crowned and Yellow-crowned Night Heron, and the Merlin. Several species of shorebirds build nest on or near the banks of the river. The river is home to many species of fish including species of bass, trout, sunfish, crappie, catfish, carp, and others. Aquatic reptiles, including Alligator Snapping Turtles and box turtles are common. Less commonly, water moccasin can be found in the southern parts of the river. Dozens of species of frogs and amphibians are common throughout the river system including the American Bullfrog and the Eastern Newt. Crayfish are also common throughout the river.
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