Red Hills salamander
COMMON NAME: Red Hills Salamander
ScIENTIFIC NAME: Phaeognathus hubrichti
HIGHER CLASSIFICATION: Phaeuognathus
Endangered, threatened, or extinct
Around 60% of its habitat is owned or leased by paper companies that are degrading and destroying this species’ habitat by timber harvest and pine plantations. Six Habitat Conservation Plans for populations of Red Hills salamanders have been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in cooperation with timber companies in southern Alabama.
How many are still alive?
estimate: Less that 500 are estimated to still be a live
- The Red Hills salamander is a fairly large, terrestrial salamander growing to about 255 millimeters.
- Its body color is gray to brownish without markings, and its limbs are relatively short.
- It is the official state amphibian of Alabama
- The primary habitat is slopes of mesic shaded ravines dominated by hardwood trees
- his species can be found in the Red Hills of south-central Alabama, USA, between the Alabama and Conch Rivers