Spotted salamander, Ambystoma maculatum. Photo by Sarah Marjanovic.
Salamander Video Series: Salamanders of Illinois
August, September and October 2021 and March 2022
Andrew Kuhns, Aquatic Ecologist, Herpetologist, Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois
Sarah and Uros Marjanovic
Did you know there are 20 species of salamanders in Illinois? In Part 1 of a video series on the Salamanders of Illinois, Illinois Natural History Survey Aquatic Ecologist/Herpetologist Andrew Kuhns provides an overview of these amphibians. Filmed at an ephemeral wetland where mole salamanders breed, Kuhns starts with a discussion of the lungless salamander family, which includes the mole salamander. Kuhns goes on to identify three other members of the lungless salamander family—the siren, mudpuppy and the most likely extirpated hellbender—and some of the other species of salamanders found in the Prairie State.
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Kathy Andrews Wright is retired from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources where she was editor of Outdoor Illinois magazine. She is currently the editor of Outdoor Illinois Wildlife Journal and Illinois Audubon magazine.