Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Ambystoma bishopi, Reticulated Flatwoods Salamander feeding

The Reticulated Flatwoods Salamander, Ambystoma bishopi is one of the most imperiled amphibian species in the US. Gone from Georgia and Alabama, A. bishopi is now restricted to a handful of puddles in Northern Florida. The Garden is working with USFW as well as biologists from VA Tech, to attempt to breed this species in captivity to boost population numbers in the wild.

This video (shot by Leslie Phillips, Amphibian Specialist @ ABG) shows a recent metamorph feasting on an earthworm. To see more of the work on this species, click here.