Frosted Flatwoods Salamander | Ambystoma cingulatum
Flatwoods Salamanders have suffered a 90% reduction in population since 2000, placing them at immenent risk of extinction in the next 5-10 years unless we are able to stop it an recover these species. We need to save this beautiful species before it is too late!
Flatwoods Salamanders are temporary wetland breeding amphibians, and breed in fish-less wetlands that dry out periodically throughout the year. They are Long Leaf Pine ecosystem endemics. This Long Leaf Pine ecosystem has been reduced to 3% of it's original range in the southeastern coastal plain.
Major threats include loss of habitat and fire suppression. Flatwoods Salamanders need open canopy ponds with wiregrass and this habitat disappears when naturally occurring wild fires are suppressed. Because of this, Flatwoods Salamanders are disappearing from protected lands.
The Amphibian Foundation is working closely with USFWS, USGS, GA DNR, and others to establish captive assurance/breeding colonies of Ambystoma cingulatum. We hope to earn how to breed this species in captivity in order to produce offspring which can then be released into properly managed habitat in GA, SC and FL.
How you can support flatwoods salamander conservation
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