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Fire Salamanders could soon be gone forever - in conversation with Matt Ellerbeck

Fire Salamanders could soon be gone forever - in conversation with Matt Ellerbeck

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Fire Salamanders (Salamandra salamandra) are suffering massive declines in the Netherlands, and scientists do not know why. Researchers from all over are scrambling to find a cause for these declines and save the salamanders before it’s too late. The Reptile, Amphibian, and Fish Conservation Netherlands (RAVON) is setting up breeding and captive facilities to help save the remaining salamanders. They need financial help with housing and caring for these amazing creatures. Wild Time talked to salamander conservationist Matt Ellerbeck about the Fire Salamanders and more.

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i would think that the water habitat of the salamander has drastically changed. Something in the water is cause a bloom of fungus. It is the same with bats, they are experiences new fungal attacks and their numbers are dropping, this also in certain frogs and bee populations as well The climate change is playing a big part, also man and his pollution certainly is at work adversely. No on thinks of the fact how we pave everywhere, using tar, which leaves oily slicks which rain washes into our lakes and streams. When I was a child in the 1960's we had a stream full of salamanders. I remember that water being so clear running you could see right to the bottom of the stream. Oblivously, these fungus's are spreading to many species, including badgers, and their cousins, kookimungan devils. This fungus grows to such an extent in their mouths that it takes over their entire face.