Climate Change And The Red-Cheeked Salamander
The Great Smoky Mountains are often called the "Salamander Capital of the World" and are home to several rare species. Because many salamanders breathe through their skin, they are viewed as indicators of the health of an ecosystem. This video explains research on one special species that lives in our high elevations,the Red-cheeked salamander, Plethodon jordani, and how it might adapt to changing climate conditions.
Did You Know?
The park’s high elevation heath balds are treeless expanses where dense thickets of shrubs such as mountain laurel, rhododendron, and sand myrtle grow. Known as “laurel slicks” and “hells” by early settlers, heath balds were most likely created by forest fires long ago.