Looking for Salamanders at Coweeta


As a joint venture between the Freshwater Conservation and Reptile and Amphibian Conservations classes, students traveled to Coweeta in Western North Carolina to search out salamanders and learn about freshwater ecology and conservation. Coweeta is one of the oldest long-term environmental study sites in North America. The site covers a large portion of the southern Appalachian Mountains and is managed by the University of Georgia and the USDA Forest Service.

 

Species Found:

Seal Salamander (Desmognathus monticola)
Spring Salamander (Gyrinophilus porphyriticus)
Eastern Red-spotted Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens)
Ocoee Salamander (Desmognathus ocoee)
Blue Ridge Two-lined Salamander (Eurycea wilderae)
Black-bellied Salamander (Desmognathus quadramaculatus)
Red-legged Salamander (Plethodon shermani)
Green Frog (Rana clamitans)
American Toad (Bufo americanus)
Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)
Northern Watersnake (Nerodia sipedon)

Some Photos (mouse over for larger images):


Part of the site

 

A salamander peeks out

Part of the site

 

A salamander peeks out


A Blue-Ridge Two-lined Salamander

 

One of the Red-legged Salamanders

A Blue-Ridge Two-lined Salamander

 

One of the Red-legged Salamanders


A Red-legged Salamander close-up

 

A salamander in hiding

A Red-legged Salamander close-up

 

A salamander in hiding


A trio of salamanders

 

An Ocoee Salamander

A trio of salamanders

 

An Ocoee Salamander


Kristen shows off a Spring Salamander

 

A Spring Salamander close-up

Kristen shows off a Spring Salamander

 

A Spring Salamander close-up

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


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