THE FIELD GUIDES - EP. 07 - STALKING THE REDBACK SALAMANDER
Episode Notes: 

It may be "the most numerous forest vertebrate" in many areas of the northeast, but the Redback Salamander (Plethodon cinereus) is rarely seen unless you're looking for it. In this episode, Steve and Bill hunt for some Redbacks while sharing recent research on its ecology. Give a listen, and hear the fascinating life history of this abundant but seldom seen forest denizen - and find out why Steve and Bill haven't posted an episode in three months!



This episode takes place at the Kenneglenn Scenic and Nature Preserve in Wales, NY. The preserve is owned and managed by the Western NY Land Conservancy.

Photo credit: californiaherps.com

Further Reading:

For further reading on Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, the fungal pathogen that causes chytridiomycosis in salamanders, and chytridiomycosis in general, we highly recommend visiting our friends at AmphibiaWeb.

B. salamandrivorans (the fungal pathogen):
http://amphibiaweb.org/chytrid/Bsal.html

Chytridiomycosis (the infectious disease):
http://amphibiaweb.org/chytrid/chytridiomycosis.html