If average temperatures rise in eastern North America in the coming decades, at least one amphibian species likely would be unable to adjust to the rising temperatures! This study was made by Penn State University Scientists!
In a novel experiment, researchers devised a method to measure the rate of red-backed salamanders from different regions exposed to warmer temperatures. They analyzed how much more energy the small animal would expend to survive in the forests in Northern Canada to North Carolina!
To stay cool and not burn to death, salamanders have evolved strategies such as burrowing under rocks and logs to survive! This was explained by David miller who is a scientist and an associate professor of wildlife population ecology. But, if they were hiding to stay cooler even more time, they are not foraging and eating, and at the end of a long summer, their condition has deteriorated!
Since salamanders are cold-blooded animals, they quit burning energy as long as they don’t freeze in the cold. Salamanders are known to go long periods without food! When it is really warm, their temperature increases!
Let’s hope that we could save salamanders and stop global warming to make Mother Earth a better place to live!
Author: Sri Nihal Tammana
Source: Penn State University
PC: David Munoz