Winter salamandering: The Eastern newt

For individuals who like to observe, watch, or record herptiles (reptile and amphibians) in the wild, the winter can often be a long and dismal season. Fortunately for me, my favourite group of herptiles are the salamanders, and these amphibians can be found year round if you know where to look. In a previous piece, I [...]

The extinction of salamanders: a look at species lost

Cynops wolterstorffi. Original Boulanger plate, 1905 (Public Domain). The extinctions ongoing worldwide promise to be at least as great as the mass extinction that occurred at the end of the age of dinosaurs. — Edward O. Wilson, Biologist Where do we record the passing of wildlife? Who mourns the silent deaths of the small? ― [...]

The Ever Variable Redback Salamander

Last spring and summer I had the tremendous pleasure of observing several hundred salamanders in the wild. One of the most variable species that I encountered was the Redback Salamander (Plethodon cinereus). This small species of lungless salamander gets its common name from the red stripe that runs down its dorsal surface. However, things are [...]

Save The Salamanders: A Year in Review

It has been a great year for me. It started off with me becoming a partner of the Year of the Salamander Campaign. The campaign was put together by Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC). Throughout 2014 I have continually made efforts to educate people both on the conservation of salamanders and ways in [...]

Found a salamander?

With Fall now upon us, I have been getting numerous correspondences from individuals who have found salamanders in their homes, basements, and pool areas. The amphibians are looking for areas to over-winter. Unfortunately, when entering human dwellings, salamanders may expose themselves to areas that can become too dry, or expose themselves to chlorine. Both of [...]

A Year Rich in Hemidactylium: Meetings with the Four-Toed Salamander

The Four-toed salamander (Hemidactylium scutatum), is a minute species of plethodontid (lungless salamander). It is a monotypic species, being the sole representative of the Hemidactylium genus. Their range extends from southeastern Canada down through to the Gulf of Mexico. Populations also exist to the west, in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Wisconsin. These salamanders are coloured with [...]

Amphibian Hero: Save The Salamanders

Amphibians the world over are facing probably the world’s most serious extinction crisis. What are your thoughts on the future prospects for amphibian conservation and preventing further extinctions? Given the numerous serious threats that these animals face (habitat destruction, environmental degradation, disease, harvesting from the wild, etc), the prognosis for amphibians can seem very grim. [...]

Ontario’s Lone Eurycea Salamander

The genus Eurycea is made up of some twenty-seven salamander species. These are commonly referred to as stream or brook salamanders, due to the preferred habitats of some species. However, aside from streams these salamanders may also be found in forest seeps, terrestrial areas adjacent to springs and streams, the mouths of caves, and within [...]

New Salamander Book Aims to Inspire Excitement for Amphibians in Children

A wonderful new children's book on some of the world's rarest salamanders has just been released. It focuses on the Spring Salamanders of Central Texas, all of which have been listed as Threatened or Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - the world's main authority on the conservation statuses of [...]

The Salamander Man

Check out Cogeco Television's segment on salamanders, and my efforts to contribute to their conservation! The piece, entitled 'The Salamander Man' can be watched below: Please note that the Ribbed Newt (Pleurodeles waltl), is looking slightly thin, he was a recent rescue and came from less then proper conditions (as many of many salamanders do). [...]