Endangered Species: Salamander

A Christiansburg Elementary Project
Submitted by Reid of Christiansburg Elementary School
Christiansburg, Virginia, U.S.A.

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salamander art
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Why Study This Topic? What Was Already Known Search for Information Description of Plant or Animal Habitat Requirements
Adaptations Reasons for Endangerment Restoration Actions What Was Learned Conclusions from Research

Why Study This Topic?

  I wanted to find out what the habitat of the salamander is and how they produce eggs. I was interested in learning more about salamanders because I have never researched them.

What Was Already Known

  Before I began my research, I already knew that they are amphibians. I wanted to know more.

  The reason they are endangered is because fishermen use them for bait. However, the main reason for endangerment is because they have lost their habitat.

Search for Information

  I searched in the library, using encyclopedias and other reference books.

Description of Plant or Animal

  A salamander is an amphibian with a tail. Most salamanders are four to six inches long, but the giant salamander is 10-15 inches long.

  Salamanders have short bodies with tails. They usually have four legs. They also have well developed heads with large mouths and large eyes. Salamanders have moist skin, just like snakes and lizards.

  They are often brown, black, yellow and read and have spots, stripes, and bars on their bodies. Salamanders lay 500 eggs at a time.

Habitat Requirements

  They eat insects, snails, worms, and other small animals.

  Most salamanders only live in the water in their tadpole state and then return to it later when they lay eggs. Some live in the water all the time, but most live in moist places such as under stones and the roots of trees.


  Their predators are larger salamanders and fish. Their prey is worms, slugs, snails, and other small matter.

  They have markings such as stripes and spots to camouflage themselves.

Reasons for Endangerment

  The sources of endangerment for the salamander is that their predators are eating them, and they have been unable to multiply enough to keep the species going. The reason for endangerment are that houses and communities are being built, and also fisherman are catching them and using them for bait.

Restoration Actions

  Some of the actions that people can take are to let people know that they are endangered and protect their natural habitat as much as humanly possible.

What Was Learned

  I learned that there are lots of species of salamanders--so many that the number has not been totaled. I also learned that hundreds of species of salamanders live in Virginia and North Carolina.

Conclusions From Research

  No information provided for this section.
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