Scientists work to save newts in Apalachicola

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Scientists are working to reintroduce the western striped newt in the Apalachicola National Forest.

The Tallahassee Democrat reports that the lizard-like salamanders disappeared from the region in 2007 after inhabiting the area for millennia.

Through captive breeding programs, biologists have begun bringing hundreds of western stripped newt larvae back to ponds inside the national forest. Dozens of larvae have survived and emerged as "efts," baby newts that are about 2 inches long with a tail and four, tiny limbs.

Experts say it is too early to known if the efforts will be successful, but that the work is an important step in saving the amphibious, mosquito-eating species.

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