Nominate the Shenandoah Salamander as VA's state amphibian
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Salamander Savers 4-H club is committed to raising awareness for salamanders in Virginia. Our group has met with state legislators about preserving Virginia’s natural resources. We are passionate about salamanders and dedicated to their conservation. We believe that by nominating the Shenandoah salamander as the state amphibian of Virginia we will raise awareness for salamanders throughout Virginia.
The Shenandoah salamander (Plethodon shenandoah) is a rare, endangered lungless salamander found only on three of the highest mountains in Shenandoah National Park. The genus Plethodontidae originated from the mountains of Appalachia about 200 million years ago. These tiny (12 cm) creatures breathe through their skin and are sensitive to pollution, which makes them great indicators of the environment. Although they live in one of the most visited parks in Virginia, they are rarely seen-even though they’ve been there for millions of years. With your support this ancient salamander can continue to thrive in the Shenandoah National Park as Virginia’s state amphibian.
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