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Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander

In Freshwater, Reptiles and Amphibians, Santa Cruz long-toed salamander, Slough Life by Administrator

Elkhorn Slough Reserve, Cattail Swale, and other freshwater ponds in the watershed SCLTS only live for about 10 years. The coastal terrace along Monterey Bay is a unique terrestrial landscape that provides shelter to one of the rarest vertebrates in North America: the Santa Cruz long-toed salamander (SCLTS). This relictual species was first discovered along Bonita Drive in Aptos in …

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Salamander Breeding Confirmed

In ESNERR, Freshwater, Reptiles and Amphibians, Staff Blog by Dave Feliz

The Elkhorn Slough crew has been working on creating fresh water wetlands in an interesting way. We haven’t had standing water on the surface for four years due to the drought. We embarked on a project to construct ponds and install pond liners to hold water more efficiently. We also devised ways to capture rain water and store it for …

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In Freshwater, Reptiles and Amphibians, Slough Life, Staff Blog, Woodlands by Dave Feliz

The crowd has worked themselves into a frenzy, convinced the lady they’ve cornered is a witch. John Cleese’s character provides the final bit of evidence. “She turned me into a newt.” The crowd is silenced, looking at his obvious non newt like condition………………..”I got better.”   Why do newts come to mind when witchcraft is parodied? Why is “eye of …

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Science in Action: Threatened Amphibians of Elkhorn Slough

In California red-legged frog, Freshwater, Reptiles and Amphibians, Santa Cruz long-toed salamander, Science in Action Article by Administrator

October 2004 by Kerstin Wasson, ESNERR Reseach Coordinator In the past years, we have documented a dramatic decline in California Red-legged Frog (CRLF) populations on the Reserve. On summer nights at the end of the last millennium, the eyeshine of hundreds of CRLF could be seen in the beam of a flashlight, and the waters teemed with their tadpole young. …