Let’s not forget the salamanders…

Frogs are often seen as sort of the colorful “poster child” of the amphibian conservation movement. It seems like the attention is focused on them and it is easy to overlook their cryptic, secretive relations the caecilians and salamanders. However, with Save the Frogs Day coming up, I wanted to remind everyone that salamanders and caecilians are in just as much need of conservation as frogs. In the United States in particular, we often overlook salamanders and don’t realize that at this time there are more species of salamanders in our country than in any other. The Appalachian Mountains in particular, a place where I have spent at least half of my life, are known for their salamanders. There is a short video called “The Hidden Jewels of Appalachia” that I think speaks very well on the problems that salamanders in the U.S. face, and on the privilege of living in an area with such a high diversity of salamanders. This video also addresses some socioeconomic issues involving mountaintop removal coal mining and the deterimental effects that it has on the environment. Hope you enjoy!

 

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