Amphibian Cover Board Monitoring Detects Possible Case of Scoliosis in Red-backed Salamander
Riverside Reptiles, for suggesting this as a possible case of the deformity. Although this is the first observation that we have recorded for the property, we'll continue monitoring our amphibian population to detect the frequency of this deformity. The individual we observed displayed a full range of motion and speed so at first glance this deformity did not appear to affect the animal negatively. The animal was living is a mesic forest dominated by Eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), which was surrounded by shrubby and herbaceous wetlands.