Looking for Eastern Hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) in the New River


In July of 2011, Jackie Guzy, Rick Bauer, Stephanie Hunt, Maddie Kern, and Christian Oldham assisted Ed Corey of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources with a survey of Hellbenders in the New River in western North Carolina. The Eastern Hellbender is one of the largest salamanders in North America but faces the threats of habitat loss and population decline. Efforts to identify sites with Hellbenders and suitable habitat are important steps to conserving this unique species. We were successful in finding one Hellbender and a number of other salamander species.

 

Species Found:

Eastern Hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis)
Mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus)
Yonahlossee Salamander (Plethodon yonahlossee)
Ravine Salamander (Plethodon richmondi)
Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus)
Black-bellied Salamander (Desmognathus quadramaculatus)
Mountain Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus ochrophaeus)
Seal Salamander (Desmognathus monticola)

Some Photos (mouse over for larger images):


Looking for Hellbenders

 

Found one!

Looking for Hellbenders

 

Found one!


Processing the Hellbender

 

Maddie shows off the Hellbender

Processing the Hellbender

 

Maddie shows off the Hellbender


Jackie takes a turn with the Hellbender

 

Checking under some rocks

Jackie takes a turn with the Hellbender

 

Checking under some rocks


A Black-Belly Salamander

 

A Yonahlossee Salamander

A Black-Belly Salamander

 

A Yonahlossee Salamander


A Slimy Salamander

 

A Mountain Dusky guarding eggs

A Slimy Salamander

 

A Mountain Dusky guarding eggs

Click here to read more about the salamanders found in North Carolina


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