Salamanders @ Pelham Bay Park


Salamanders (Order Caudata) are a diverse group of amphibians. They can be found in both aquatic and terrestrial habitats, though water is essential for survival. Most salamanders are nocturnal and can be found under rocks and fallen trees. Pelhma Bay Park has salamanders because of its diverse geography of coastal swamps. Some species are indigenous and thus need to be conserved. One such family of salamanders is the Plethodontidae family. This family constitutes more than 90% of salamanders and the eastern coast of U.S. has more plethodontids than anywhere else in the world!