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Curious salamander

Detailed Description

A plethodontid (lungless) salamander peaks over the top of a collection bucket as it awaited return to its habitat. 

The salamander was caught during a screening survey to assess for the presence of harmful pathogens among native salamander populations in Catoctin Mountain Park, June 2014.  Salamanders were swabbed externally to test for the presence of chytrid pathogens, which can be devastating to amphibian populations if present, and then released back to the site where they were caught.  


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