Four Central Texas Salamanders have recently been proposed to be listed on the endangered species list by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. You can learn more about the salamanders, and where they live in the region, in the slideshow above.
These salamanders are local to specific areas within the Edwards Aquifer region and have been threatened by development and urbanization in recent years.
“The Edwards Aquifer is an important water source not only for these four salamander species, but also for those living and working in the area,” said Adam Zerrenner, Austin Field Office Supervisor with the Fish and Wildlife service.
If the ruling passes, these regions will be subject to preservation guidelines. You can read more about the proposed listing in our earlier story, Saving the Salamanders: Conservation vs. Development.