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Three years ago today was the #MidTownAtl Snapping Turtle Rescue @ Orme Park! What an amazing experience and so impressed with how concerned the residents were with these baby snapping turtles!! https://ift.tt/2r59j6g

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Tiger Salamander, Ambystoma tigrinum is a species listed in Georgia's State Wildlife Action Plan. We will be working to breed this species in our outdoor lab's tri-phasic mesocosms to make more Tiger Salamanders. The world needs more Tiger Salamanders

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A snap-shot of our Metamorphosis Meadow #MetaMo at the Amphibian Foundation — where we are building 20 tri-phasic mesocosms. Here is where the magic happens, and we will conduct breeding experiments for native imperiled amphibians. Offspring produced in this outdoor lab will be released into protected habitat in the wild. That is #AmphibiousAF

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A larval Frosted Flatwoods Salamander. Yes, I have posted images of these before — but this picture was taken today in our first completed tri-phasic #mesocosm (only 19 more to go!) These young animals will metamorphose in their own 'mini-wetland' and then ideally mature, and in a couple of years — Breed. Quite an exercise in patience. The majority of the mesocosms are dedicated to Flatwoods Salamanders, but there will still be room to work on other imperiled species such as Gopher Frog, Striped Newt, and of course Tiger Salamander. #Ambystoma #Ambystomacingulatum #FlatwoodsSalamander #FrostedFlatwoodsSalamander #Flattie

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Gopher Frog, Lithobates capito This frog is part of the captive breeding program developed by the Amphibian Foundation, Zoo Atlanta, UGA, GA DNR and USFWS. We hope to hear the snoring calls of happy Gopher Frogs echoing through our Buckhead neighborhood in Atlanta sometime this year!

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The Gopher Frog, Lithobates capito. This ephemeral wetland breeding species is Georgia's rarest frog, known only from a handful of wetlands in the state. You might think with a name like Gopher Frog, that they would be adept diggers. You would be mistaken. Lazy Gopher Frogs use burrows dug by other species like Gopher Tortoise, Pocket Gophers, tree stumps and the like. Still #AmphibiousAF

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Building a pond for wildlife: Step by Step

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A metamorphic Frosted Flatwoods Salamander. This imperiled species has suffered a 90% loss in population since 2000, and is considered at imminent risk of extinction. Find out how you can help this beautiful species! https://ift.tt/2uY9Pao

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An adorable yearling Frosted Flatwoods Salamander, reared up from larvae in our #SalamanderLAB Thank you for helping make our recovery program possible!!! We have hit our goal, but it is still not too late to contribute: https://ift.tt/2uY9Pao

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A glorious adult Frosted Flatwoods Salamander, Ambystoma cingulatum. This is one of the 5 known remaining Georgia Flatwoods Salamanders, and we need your help to insure they don't disappear forever. https://ift.tt/2uY9Pao

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Inside of the Frosted Flatwoods Salamander Lab at the Amphibian Foundation — We are getting all the larvae ready to transition to our outdoor facility, where we will begin captive breeding trials next autumn and winter. We need your help to complete this one-of-a-kind conservation program. To learn more: https://ift.tt/2uY9Pao

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Here is an even later stage larvae than I posted yesterday. These endangered salamanders are getting close! We need to get everything ready for their metamorphosis and need your help to make this happen. To learn more and contribute to their recovery, please click here: https://ift.tt/2uY9Pao

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Our late-stage Flatwoods Salamander larvae are getting close to metamorphosis! We need your help to get our conservation facilities ready for all these baby imperiled salamanders. To learn more or contribute to their conservation, please click here: https://ift.tt/2uY9Pao

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Metamorphosis Meadow — The Amphibian Foundation's greatest weapon against the imminent extinction of Flatwoods Salamanders is almost complete — but needs your help to be ready for the safe metamorphosis of this imperiled species. We need to raise an additional $6000 in order to finish the project, and every bit helps. To learn more, or contribute, please see our community funding page: https://ift.tt/2uY9Pao

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The Flatwoods Salamander Recovery Program Needs Help!

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In case you aren't aware, the Amphibian Foundation, based in Atlanta, is home to the only captive population of Frosted Flatwoods Salamanders (Ambystoma cingulatum). These beautiful salamanders are at imminent risk of extinction. To help save them, we're gearing up to implement a conservation strategy—one that's never been carried out with this species. We're seeking your support to help our baby salamanders grow strong and thrive!


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The Amphibian Foundation recently welcomed hundreds of Flatwoods Salamanders, which hatched in our lab from eggs collected from our Florida Fish and Wildlife partners the field in January. These larval (baby) salamanders are living in 20 mesocosms, artificial wetlands for salamanders to live and breed within. Right now, the mesocosms are filled with rainwater.

Some salamanders are growing much quicker than expected. In fact, a few of them have begun metamorphosis (exciting)! This is several weeks earlier than expected, so we will h…

Recommendations for Best Management Practices for Healthy Environments for People, Birds, and Wildlife in Metro Atlanta

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From our neighbors and partners at Atlanta Audubon — some wonderful recommendations (that of course positively impact amphibian communities as well)

The Amphibian Foundation, with many state and federal partners conducts one-of-a-kind conservation research to combat amphibian declines — and we need your help! Join us during the Amphibian Foundation's Membership Drive! Amphibians need our help, and we need your support to keep these vital conservation initiatives moving forward. Get #AmphibiousAF members.amphibianfoundation.org

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