Pelee Island’s rare salamander

In May 2016, I embarked on a 7 hour road trip to extreme Southern, Ontario. Here I would catch a ferry to the center of Lake Erie so I could reach Pelee Island. This is the largest of the Erie Islands, a chain of archipelagic islands in the lake. As I arrived weather conditions were [...]

Jefferson salamander found in the Thousand Islands region?

The Jefferson Salamander (Ambystoma jeffersonianum) is at-risk in Ontario. It is listed as Endangered by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). They have a very small range in the country, occurring mainly around the Niagara escarpment in southern Ontario. However, intergrades with the Blue-Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma laterale), which are known [...]

The mysterious autumn calls of the Spring Peeper

Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) © Kenny Ruelland. As a blogger for the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA), I am always eager to share my various experiences with amphibians via my writings. I hope that my passion for salamanders and other herptiles will inspire people to get active in terms of contributing to the conservation of amphibians. With that [...]

December salamander encounters

Eastern Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereous) © Matt Ellerbeck December in Ontario means colder temperatures, shorter days, and the prospect of snow at anytime. Therefore, it is not a time that most people would think is good to head out to observe salamanders. However, this past weekend's relatively mild temperatures were ideal enough for me to go [...]

The Salamanders of Bays Mountain

Green Salamander (Aneides avenues) © Matt Ellerbeck Last month I had the great pleasure of once again observing salamanders in the Southern Appalachians mountains region. I visited sites in Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina. One spot that was particularly successful was in the Bays Mountain area in Tennessee. Here I had the opportunity to encounter two [...]

Helping salamanders against chytrid fungus (Bd, Bsal) and Ranavirus

Fire salamander © Tariq Stark Habitat loss, environmental degradation, and climate change all threaten salamanders. Additionally, these amphibians face another tremendous threat from infectious diseases such as chytrid fungus (including the now notorious Bsal) and Ranavirus. Although these ailments are devastating, there are MANY actions individuals can take to help! Find out more here: By Matt [...]

Canada’s rare stream dweller: The Spring Salamander

he Spring Salamander (Gyrinophilus porphyriticus) is a large species of stream dwelling Plethodontid (lungless salamander). In Ontario, the species is designated as extirpated (extinct from the province). The species was known to have occurred in the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario, but has not been observed here since 1877. The salamander still occurs in Canada only [...]

The Search For Endangered Salamanders: Jefferson and Small-mouthed Salamanders

Jefferson Salamander (Ambystoma jeffersonianum) The Jefferson Salamander (Ambystoma jeffersonianum) and the Small-mouthed Salamander (Ambystoma texanum) are both large species of Ambystomatids (mole salamanders). The Jefferson Salamander occurs primarily in the northeastern United States, while the Small-mouthed Salamander ranges from Ohio south to the Gulf of Mexico, and west to Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. In Canada, [...]

Visiting The Salamander Capital of the World!

The southern Appalachian mountains region in Tennessee is considered the salamander capital of the world. This is due to the great species diversity that is present in this area. The region is also a major center of evolutionary diversification for the Plethodontidae (or Lungless salamander family). As someone who has a great passion and enthusiasm [...]

How You Can Help Salamanders This Spring!

During the early Spring, rains and snowmelt create temporary flooded pools on the forest and woodland floors. These are known as vernal or ephemeral pools. As these bodies of water are created new each spring, they lack fish and other predators and are therefore ideal places for salamanders to breed and lay their eggs.[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][text_output] [...]