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Red Hills Salamander
How is Red Hills Salamander labeled?
Because Red Hills salamanders live in such a small area, and because of disruption to their habitat, the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies them as endangered. Timber harvesting is one of the biggest factors harming their habitat. The reduction in Red Hills salamander numbers is also a result of their very slow reproduction cycle. Wild pigs also might be responsible for the slowing of population. In 1976, these salamanders first received protection from the federal government.
Physical Appearance of the Red Hills Salamander
Within the salamander world, the Red Hills variety is certainly on the large side. These lithe salamanders can reach lengths of up to 10 inches, with tails roughly half as long as their bodies. The tails are very useful in that they can clutch onto things. Red Hills salamanders are deep gray or deep brown.
- Skilled burrowers are very difficult to happen upon, especially as they spend the bulk of their daytime hours underground.
- Red Hills salamanders do not possess lungs; they breathe through their skin.