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Do you think salamanders are cute? Maybe you do, maybe you don't. But they are fascinating, and a great way to delve into the many different wetland ecosystems that help define natural north Florida.
Here we have four salamander species, each from different wetland environments: seepage slopes, titi swamps, steephead ravines, and ephemeral wetlands. Steephead ravines are only found in north Florida, a unique geological formation housing ice age refugees.
Many of the wetlands are the result of different geological processes which release water in different ways. Some of the salamanders leave their wetlands and move into upland environments, places dependent on fire. Some are rare, others are disappearing. These tiny, slimy critters that work to stay out of sight have many stories to tell.
Helping us tell those stories are Dr. Bruce Means, his son Ryan, and daughter-in-law Rebecca. Their expert knowledge of the animals and their habitat open up a whole new world right in our backyard.
These videos will take you to these wet and mucky places, places maybe you've maybe never seen in person, and let you get to know these animals. However, on the WFSU Ecology Blog, we dive much deeper into their worlds, and get much more detailed. Check it out: