Researchers are concerned about U.S. salamanders contracting a deadly skin disease that has caused major die-offs in Europe. As a result, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed 201 salamanders as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act.
Amphibians throughout the world are threatened with extinction due to disease, climate change and habitat loss, among other serious factors. Now, as a kind of New Year resolution, the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA) has assigned itself the lofty goal of protecting each and every unique species.
A deadly pathogen that causes skin lesions is threatening European salamander populations and is spreading to parts of Asia, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. A recent study highlights new conservation methods employed to ensure the deadly pathogen doesn't spread to North America, a hotspot for salamander biodiversity.