Some actual good news about the flatwoods salamander

A long time ago, I used to study reticulated flatwoods salamanders (Ambystoma bishopi).

By “study,” I mean that for four years in a row, I searched for them.

Any time it rained between late November and January or so, I set and checked traps around ephemeral ponds. Then, once the ponds filled with water, I spent my days wading in them with a dip net. I caught plenty of other amphibians, including literally hundreds of closely related mole salamanders, but no flatwoods salamanders. The only ones I ever saw in person were on another site where I was helping out for the night. As far as I know, that’s the only site that still has a breeding population.

So, this? This is wonderful news.

San Antonio Zoo successfully breeds endangered salamander for first time

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Bethany Harvey

I’m a biologist, writer, GIS nerd, and occasional wildland firefighter living in North Carolina. The many hobbies I enjoy but am bad at include photography, rock climbing, knitting, and orienteering. I also write tabletop RPGs, which you can find at https://bethanyharvey.itch.io. You can find me yelling about politics, gaming, and writing on Twitter (@bethanyharvey) or about under-appreciated wildlife at OverlookedNature.com.

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