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    Great Smoky Mountains

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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?

An experimental program to reintroduce elk to the park was begun in 2001.

An experimental program to reintroduce elk to the park was begun in 2001. Elk once roamed the Smokies, but were eliminated from the region in the mid 1800s by over-hunting and loss of habitat. Other animals successfully reintroduced to the park include river otters and barn owls. More...