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Southeastern amphibians

The species profiles below are a one-stop-shop for information about the amphibians the Service's Southeast region is responsible for protecting and/or recovering.

  • A purple/rust colored salamander walking on rocky substrate

    Berry Cave salamander

    The Berry Cave salamander is a member of the Tennessee cave salamander complex and has only been documented at 11 locations in four counties in eastern Tennessee: Knox, McMinn, Meigs, and Roane counties. Visit the species profile...

    Non metamorphosed Berry Cave salamander. Photo © Matthew Niemiller, used with permission.

  • A light purple salamander with dark spots and tufts above its front legs.

    Black Warrior waterdog

    The Black Warrior waterdog is a large, aquatic, nocturnal salamander that permanently retains a larval form and external gills throughout its life. This species has been proposed for listing as Endangered and is only found in streams within the Black Warrior River Basin in Alabama. Visit the species profile...

    Black Warrior waterdog. Photo by Joseph Jenkins, Alabama Natural Heritage Program.

  • A small, slimy, green salamander in hand.

    Eastern hellbender

    This large amphibian can be found crawling around the bottoms of clear, silt-free mountain streams. They are generally nocturnal, spending most of the day under rocks on the stream floor, emerging at night to hunt crayfish. Visit the species profile...

    Eastern hellbender. Photo by Will Parson, Chesapeake Bay Program, CC BY-NC 2.0.

  • A spotted black salamander with red tufts around its gills.

    Neuse River waterdog

    The Neuse River waterdog is from an ancient lineage of permanently aquatic salamanders in the genus Necturus. Visit the species profile...

    A young Neuse River waterdog from the Little River, Johnston County, North Carolina, by Jeff Beane.

  • A brownish peach colored frog with big round eyes

    Puerto Rican rock frog or coquí guajón

    The Puerto Rican rock frog is known by several names: Puerto Rican cave frog, guajón, and the Puerto Rican demon. It is found exclusively in southeastern Puerto Rico. Visit the species profile...

    A female frog on a tree branch. Photo by JP Zegarra, USFWS.

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