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Elusive Salamander Found in Mount Revelstoke National Park of Canada


Close-up of a coeur d'Alene salamander The tiny coeur d'Alene salamander.
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The tiny coeur d'Alene salamander-a rare species-was recently found in British Columbia's Mount Revelstoke National Park of Canada.

The park was established in 1914, but it's no wonder no one reported spotting the striped salamander until now. Because the salamander has no lungs and must breathe through its wet skin, it sticks to very wet places, such as the areas near waterfalls, where it hides under stones, in cracked rocks or under fallen logs. It hibernates during the winter and likes to come out on damp nights when the temperature is above 7°C.

The coeur d'Alene salamander is not at risk provincially and a species of special concern under the federal Species at Risk Act.

For more information about the coeur d'Alene salamander, visit these sites: