Help w/doomed Ambystoma population

K. Kristian Whiteleather di624 at cleveland.Freenet.Edu
Sun Feb 11 12:03:01 EST 1996

A small nature preserve in Richland County, Ohio is about to have 200+
acres of adjacent land developed into a landfill.  The area is climax
Beech-Maple association forest and a rich breeding ground for the following
amphibian species:

Ambystoma texanum
A. tigrinum
A. maculatum
A. jeffersonianum complex
Hemidactylium scutatum
Pseudacris (Hyla) crucifer
Hyla versicolor/chrysocelis
Rana sp.

Is it worth the effort to trap these species on the soon-to-be-developed
side and move them into the protected preserve?  This area represents the
easternmost boundary of A. tigrinum in central Ohio, making the Ambystoma
sp my specific concern.  Ambystoma sp congregate late April to early May in
this area for breeding.  If trapping is worth the effort and you can help,
let me know.

This will be an organized "hunt", with the permission of the landfill owner
and the ODNR.  If I cannot get permission, I will scratch the effort.

"Edible, adj. good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to 
 a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and
 a man to a worm."

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