People are often surprised to learn of the incredible salamander diversity found in Ohio. From the rugged hills of southeastern Ohio, to the flat till plains of the northwest, salamanders can be found in nearly any area that contains natural habitats. In fact, the eastern United States is home to one of the most diverse salamander assemblages of anywhere in the world!
Salamanders are in the order Caudata, one of three extant orders of amphibians. As amphibians usually require both aquatic and terrestrial habitats, many believe that they are good indicators of environmental health. Recently, researchers have become alarmed about the apparent worldwide decline of amphibians species. You can help salamanders and other amphibians by learning more about them, their habitats, and programs to monitor their populations in Ohio.