Amphibian in Flux

Amphibian in Flux Photo
Like the leaf it rests on, this red-spotted salamander changes color as it ages. Its whole body was once as reddish-orange as its underbelly. As it enters adulthood and prepares for a life of swimming in New York’s streams and ponds, the amphibian will turn olive green.

Also called the eastern newt, this species of salamander is doing okay, but many others around the world are declining rapidly. Read “Raising Hellbenders” to learn how the WCS Bronx Zoo is giving a boost to a very big newt from New York.

Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

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