shenandoah salamander as the state salamander of virginia
The Shenandoah salamander (Plethodon shenandoah) is a rare, endangered lungless salamander found only on three of the highest mountains in Shenandoah National Park. The genus Plethodontidae originated from the mountains of Appalachia about 200 million years ago. These tiny (12 cm) creatures breathe through their skin and are sensitive to pollution, which makes them great indicators of the environment. Although they live in one of the most visited parks in Virginia, they are rarely seen-even though they’ve been there for millions of years. With your support this ancient salamander can continue to thrive in the Shenandoah National Park as Virginia’s state amphibian.
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