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One of the questions we are investigating in my herpetology lab is whether we can recognize individual salamanders based on the pattern of spots on their bellies. We have been studying a population of smallmouth salamanders (Ambystoma texanum) and unisexual … Continue reading
A Caribbean frog showed up in Cleveland, Ohio, last week. It was a young Cuban TreeFrog that hitched a ride from Florida in some plant material being shipped to a Cleveland floral shop. Continue reading
I came across these two Redback Salamanders (Plethodon cinereus) while digging a shallow trench in a forest in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. They were about 10 cm (~ 4 inches) underground, together in a small cavity. Redback Salamanders are incredibly abundant … Continue reading
Here are four videos of American Toads during the breeding season. The videos show calling males, interaction with spring peepers, fighting over mates, and amplexus. Continue reading
A photo showing a unisexual Ambystoma next to a pure smallmouth salamander. Continue reading