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Five years ago today, USFWS banned 201 species of #salamanders from entering the US to prevent a #chytrid extinction crisis (see here:…) Unfortunately #frogs can also carry this pathogen & their door remains wide open:… #WildlifeTrade
As a freelance #WildlifeTrade scientist, my work integrates #science & policy to help reduce potential harm trade may cause. The example above shows the dangers that occur when government laws & policies don't keep up with scientific progress (2/N) @NatGeo #nature #OneHealth Image
After @USFWS enacted the 2016 #WildlifeTrade restriction to help keep this deadly fungus out of the US, it was found that frogs can also carry this "#salamander" pathogen. Thus #frogs might be carrying 2 species of #chytrid into the US (see…) #SciComm (3/N) Image
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IMPORTANT REMINDER! If you ever see a sick or dead #salamander please snap a photo & add it to my disease surveillance page on @inaturalist at… A novel #chytrid fungus is attacking #salamanders & you can help! #CitizenScience #CommunityScience #salamanders
Just realized I hashtagged salamanders 50 times in the post above. Sorry! Chytrid fungus gets me all fired up!
And just to be clear, the photos you upload do NOT necessarily mean that the animals had #chytrid fungus. Lots of things cause amphibians to die. But we have *so* little info about what a "normal" amount of dead #salamanders looks like. Your records have sparked field responses!
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Hey everyone, I thought I'd do a thread about our new Open Access paper: "Landscape and management factors influence the occupancy dynamics of sympatric salamanders in an urban preserve system"!… 1/19

#ambystoma #chicago #urban_ecology #salamander @LCFPD Title, author information, ...
In this paper, we analyzed a decade of long-term monitoring data from nature preserves in the suburbs of Chicago, Lake County. Specifically, we looked at two species: (A): Blue-spotted Salamander (Ambystoma laterale) and (B): Eastern Tiger Salamander (A. tigrinum). 2/19 Photos of a blue-spotted sa...
Salamanders are poorly represented in the urban ecology literature, and our study site is a great place to study urban salamanders. Why? Lake County is one of the mostly densely populated counties in the United States! If that's not urban, I don't know what is! 3/19 Graph of human population d...Map of Lake County, IL, alo...
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#Fieldwork yesterday & today yielded several highlights:

A dozen blue spotted #salamander #larvae , plus one dead in a trap (with a massive belastomatid insect [aka "toe biter"]).

These larvae are part of a student's project, which he'll be presenting @MWPARC this August! Image
Plus metamorphosing or recently metamorphosed #amphibians of a few different species! (It's that time of the year in central #Minnesota )

In some spots the ground was littered with tiny wood #frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) metamorphs. You can see this one's remaining tail nubbin. ImageImage
And right as I was reminding us to "keep an eye out for metamorphosing #toads" I came across this American toadlet (Anaxyrus americanus) Image
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Enjoyed some rather rotund American #toads while setting traps for tiger #salamander larvae today. ImageImage
More photos later, but the tiger sal larvae at this pond hatched in early May and are already *HUGE* (>1 in TL) w/small back legs.

Me to students @ start of #fieldwork : remember, the larvae may still be small

Me later: 🤯woah
Also, None of us can catch a skink to save our lives! 😂

Prairie skinks were all around the pond. At random intervals you’d hear one of us yell “whoop!”, disappear into the grass, and then grumble bc we missed 🤣
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#SalamanderSaturday #fieldwork hunting tiger sals & their eggs today.
...all efforts this weekend powered by an unhealthy amount of coffee ☕️☕️☕️

Wrapping up courses, getting finals ready, and prepping for summer research (mine & students') at the end of your first year as a #NewPI means I feel like this:
Had a GRRREAT tiger #salamander #fieldwork day! We found >30 egg masses across 2 ponds.

Must have been my lucky 🍀 new #Minnesota hat 😉 (bought it at a gas station this morning 😂) Image
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Behold! A hatchling blue-spotted #salamander (<24 hrs hatched).

In anticipation of #fieldwork with later stage #ambystoma larvae, here's a quick #herpetology quiz:

See those straight things sticking out of its head and downward. What do you think they are? Poll is👇 Image
What are those things sticking out of this #salamander #larva 's head and downward?
There are 4 days on the poll. Tune back in later this week for the answer!
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Happy end to first attempt at trapping blue spotted #salamanders (Ambystoma laterale) during #fieldwork in #Minnesota.

This good looking male (see the swollen cloacal region posterior to hind legs) was caught at a pond where we had previously found eggs but not adults. ImageImage
Things I have learned:
- I'm still agile in chest waders 💪
- Blue-spots will lay eggs that are individually attached to vegetation/leaf litter (rather than in clumps, which is what I'm used to with other species of #Ambystoma #salamanders )
🤞that we have luck in a week or so with tiger #salamanders & their eggs! If anyone has photos of tiger sal eggs in situ, we'd appreciate seeing them!

#HERper #herpetology #fieldwork #amphibians
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#Minnesota #herp #fieldwork thread:

Spent yesterday afternoon with an undergrad researcher (Alex) hoping to find breeding blue-spotted #salamanders

Here's one of the ponds where we've got traps out. 🤞🤞🤞
Didn't see any sally activity, but other #amphibians were active! Image
The three ponds we are trapping for #salamanders had *deafening* choruses of boreal chorus frogs (Pseudacris maculata).

Here's male chorus #frog . You can't see it in the pic, but the skin of their throats turns yellow when they've been calling. Image
Alex's first wood #frog catch of the season!

Wood frog males were calling while supported by submerged, dead grasses in another pond we checked for #salamanders . Image
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#Fieldwork Friday! Went out with ugrad to scout potential blue spotted #salamander habitat.

Ponds are thawing, but still a good bit of ice & snow in central MN. ImageImageImage
No #frogs calling yet, and much of ground still frozen. But it feels close! #Arthropods like beetles & spiders are out and about. And saw my first live & dead Ring-necked pheasants!

Guessing this one was farmed? Image
@FieldEcology - maybe calling & activity by next week? Listened hard but no chorus or wood frogs, or peepers at these ponds or those we passed while driving.

Our plan is to keep having #FieldworkFriday , will keep you posted!

(I may be sneaking out more frequently, too🙃)
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Went to sample a site for #HerpSpring2018 & turned up: southern leopard #frog tadpoles 1/? Image
@jenylamb plus a munched on #salamander (Siren intermedia, see the gills?) #HerpSpring2018 2/? ImageImage
@jenylamb plus a #newt still sporting some fancy pants (males have thick keratin on thighs) #HerpSpring2018 3/? ImageImage
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Wasn’t going to miss #plethodontidweek ! Wanted to get recent pics of local #salamanders 👁13 gorgeous dwarfs 1/2 ImageImage
@jenylamb and got a good “where’s Waldo?” shot. There is a female dwarf #salamander in this pic! #plethodontidweek Image
@jenylamb these are both handsome males. Check out those cirri (elongate fleshy projections from upper lip, aka #salamander mustache)
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Texas A&M did a nice piece on our discovery of Valentine's dusky #salamander (collabs DB Means & J Bernardo). 1/2…
@jenylamb 1 pt to clarify, they mention a "follow up" sexual isolation study. I think they mean this one:… 2/3
@jenylamb which shows spotted duskies (D. conanti) & Valentine's (D. valentinei) don't breed in lab setting. 3/4
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