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The spectacular world of salamanders

Salamander crossing the road

Photo: Dark Sevier/Flickr

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Facing threats

As amphibian populations decline worldwide, scientists have started focusing on conservation efforts for salamanders. Climate change, pollution and habitat loss are areas of particular concern. The Chinese giant salamander faces perhaps the greatest threat, as it continues to be used for medicinal purposes. The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Center for Species Survival has recently highlighted the Appalachian region as an area with concentrated conservation efforts.