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2009-04-17 00:27:23

The Kansas Herpetological Society is looking for volunteers willing to spend hours searching for animals they might normally avoid -- say, for instance, snakes. The society's planned animal count will cover turtles, lizards, salamanders, frogs and toads as well as snakes, The Emporia (Kansas) Gazette reported. The event is scheduled for April 26 and April 27 in Chase County in eastern Kansas. Lest the actual seeking out these animals sound daunting, consider this: these folks are the...

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2009-04-07 13:17:24

Bait shop trade likely source of pathogen spread in salamanders Waterdogs, they're called, these larvae of tiger salamanders used as live bait for freshwater fishing. With tiger salamander larvae, anglers hope to catch largemouth bass, channel catfish and other freshwater fishes. They may be in for more than they bargained for: salamanders in bait shops in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico are infected with ranaviruses, and those in Arizona, with a chytrid fungus called Batrachochytrium...

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2008-10-30 13:04:29

Although research has linked inbreeding with elevated rates of deformity in a wide variety of animals, a new study finds it plays no part in the high incidence of malformation among salamanders. Purdue University researchers recently examined 2,000 adult and juvenile salamanders and found that 8 percent had visible deformities, mainly consisting of missing, extra or dwarfed digits (equivalent to fingers and toes). That is double the rate of malformation found in newts, a related amphibian,...

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2008-10-28 14:29:18

A new study found that amphibian populations at Yellowstone National Park are in steep decline. Researchers point to climate change, which is causing the wetlands where animals breed and live to dry out. The park, which stretches over 9,000 sq km in the western U.S., shares land in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. U.S. congress granted Yellowstone national park status on 1 March 1872. The park's vast forests and grasslands are also home to grizzly bears, wolves and bison. However, all eyes are on...

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2008-10-22 11:30:19

Reducing the number of deer in forests and parks may unexpectedly reduce the number of reptiles, amphibians and insects in that area, new research suggests. A recent study by researchers at Ohio State University and National Park Service found that higher deer activity is modifying forest ecosystems in unexpected ways. Out of several species of snakes, salamanders, and invertebrates studied, a greater diversity of animals were found in areas with deer populations than were in areas with no...

2008-08-29 12:01:13

UK-based Serica Energy has completed the sale of a 15% interest in the Glagah-Kambuna technical assistance contract offshore Sumatra, Indonesia, to a subsidiary of Salamander Energy for $52.7 million. Serica's interest in the Kambuna technical assistance contract (TAC) is now 50%, with Salamander holding the remaining 50%. The companies have agreed a handover protocol under which Serica's Kambuna TAC operating responsibilities will be assumed by Salamander, a process which is expected to be...

2008-05-25 15:39:41

A frog-like creature with a stubby tail once paddled through a quiet pond in what is now Texas, snapping up mayflies while keeping an ear out for bellowing mates, new fossil evidence suggests. That was about 290 million years ago. In 1995, the amphibian specimen was discovered in fish quarry sediments in Baylor County, Texas, though it wasn't until recently that paleontologists inspected and described the new species. Called Gerobatrachus hottoni after its discoverer Nicholas...

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2008-05-22 11:40:00

Researchers have discovered the 290 million-year-old fossil of a so-called "frogamander," which could finally set the record straight in a long-lived debate over amphibian ancestry.Scientists have been unable to fill in some gaps in the fossil record showing the transformation of modern amphibians such as frogs, salamanders and caecilians.The University of Calgary researchers said the fossil Gerobatrachus hottoni, or elderly frog, will add solid evidence to the debate. "It's a missing link...

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2008-05-21 12:35:00

The description of an ancient amphibian that millions of years ago swam in quiet pools and caught mayflies on the surrounding land in Texas has set to rest one of the greatest current controversies in vertebrate evolution. The discovery was made by a research team led by scientists at the University of Calgary. The examination and detailed description of the fossil, Gerobatrachus hottoni (meaning Hotton's elder frog), proves the previously disputed fact that some modern amphibians, frogs and...

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2008-04-16 16:50:00

Researchers found more than 65 animal species killed along a short stretch of roads in a Midwestern county. Nearly 95 percent of the total dead were frogs and other amphibians, suggesting that road-related death, or road-kill, possibly contributes to their worldwide decline, a trend that has concerned and puzzled scientists for decades. The Purdue University study found that habitat along roadsides heavily influences road-kill. More than 75 percent of the carcasses originated alongside a...


Latest Salamander Reference Libraries

California slender salamander, Batrachoseps attenuatus
2014-02-04 09:23:14

The California slender salamander (Batrachoseps attenuatus) is a member of the Plethodontidae family of salamander species. The species is native to California and southwest Oregon. The California slender salamander ranges from central California, north along the coast and ranges into Oregon and in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The California slender salamander grows to lengths between 3 to 5.5 inches. As its name implies, a slim body with short limbs gives this salamander...

California giant salamander, Dicamptodon ensatus
2014-02-04 09:07:49

The California giant salamander (Dicamptodon ensatus) is a member of the Dicamptodontidae family. The species is native only to northern California. The California giant salamander inhabits moist, coastal forests or streams, lakes and ponds. Some of the species may remain gilled aquatic creatures, while others transform and become terrestrial land creatures. The California giant is nocturnal and most of its life is spent hiding and burrowing. Typically, the California giant salamander...

The Axolotl, Ambystoma mexicanum
2014-02-03 08:59:54

Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) may also be referred to as the Mexican salamander or the Mexican walking fish. The Axolotl is a member of the Ambystomatidae family and although its common name may suggest it is a fish, it is an amphibian. Axolotl are found exclusively in Mexico. The species situates, near Mexico City, on the bottom of Xochimilco’s lakes. Unlike most salamanders, Axolotl keep its larval features throughout its entire life and very rarely ever emerge from water. A condition...

Taylor’s Salamander, Ambystoma taylori
2014-02-03 08:42:25

Taylor’s salamander (Ambystoma taylori) is a mole salamander species, in the Ambystomatidae family. The species is native only to Puebla, Mexico. Laguna Alchichica is a high-altitude crater lake and is the only habitat where you will find the species. The lake provides an extremely salty, alkaline environment for the salamander, which typically hides under overhangs in the crater’s edge. Taylor’s salamanders commonly measure between 6 and 8 inches. Males are often larger than...

Small-mouth Salamander, Ambystoma texanum
2014-02-03 08:28:42

The Small-mouth salamander (Ambystoma texanum) is a mole salamander species and a member of the Ambystomatidae family. The species may also be referred to as the Texas salamander, the Porphyry salamander or the narrow-mouthed salamander. The Small-mouthed salamander can be found in the central United States. The species ranges from Michigan to Nebraska, south to Texas and east to Tennessee. The Small-mouth salamander has also been found in Ontario, Canada. The Small-mouth salamander...

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