We take an eye level look at the habitat of the Hillis’s dwarf salamander, a species new to science. Our guide is Dr. Bruce Means, who, along with other researchers, discovered the salamander along regional waterways. A few months ago, we spent a day in the forest with Dr. Means and an eastern diamondback rattlesnake.
This is part one of a three part took at Dr. Means’s work with salamanders. Part two takes us into the Bradwell bay Wilderness in search of Southern Dusky salamanders. Part three takes us down into a steephead ravine by the Apalachicola River in search of the Apalachicola dusky.
Rob Diaz de Villegas WFSU Public Media
After about an hour of searching for salamanders, Bruce Means stops to grab a drink. It’s a hot summer day, and about time for some cool refreshment. He gets down on his hands and knees and presses his lips against the muck on the slope. There, cool, clean water is seeping from an underground lake, creating the ecosystem favored by the subject of our search. Continue reading