Tennessee: Salamander Capital of the World

We’re proud to live in such a beautiful, remarkable area teeming with life! Tennessee is home to more salamander species than any other part of the world. Over 60 species of salamander—12% of species on Earth!— are native to Tennessee, with most of those living here in the eastern quarter of the state.

The one pictured here is the Tellico salamander, an endangered species unique to the lowlands near For Fox Sake. Like most salamanders, these critters are at risk due to habitat loss, pesticides, and climate change. There is also a risk that fatal diseases could wipe out Tennessee’s entire salamander population if they’re introduced to our environment through illegally imported and released pets.

Please help protect our beautiful native animals.

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