Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World

Irreplaceable Wildlife in A Warming World
Graphic of irreplacable species, emperor penguin.
We are connected to each other, to our environment. From faraway places to our own backyard. But climate change is now changing the Earth as we know it, and animals and plants from the Arctic to the Everglades are feeling the consequences.
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Ozark Zigzag Salamander

Ozark zigzag salamanders are part of a large salamander family that share one thing in common: they have no lungs. Instead, they breathe through their skin and mouths.
Photo Credit:
Joel Satore / ILCP (Part of Irreplaceable Wildlife Photo Exhibit)
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Ozark Zigzag Salamander

Scientific Name: 
Plethodon angusticlavius
IUCN Red List: 
No data
Endangered Species Act List: 
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Ozark zigzag salamanders are part of a large salamander family, Plethodontidae, that share one strange distinctive trait: they have no lungs. Instead, they breathe through their skin and mouths. This unique trait requires them to keep the surface of their skin moist at all times, which is why these salamanders are only found beneath logs, caves, and other cool, damp environments—especially during the hot summer months.

Climate Change Impacts

Like many of its other lungless family members, the Ozark zigzag salamander is only found in one small area of the Southeastern United States, making it extremely vulnerable to changes in climate. Unfortunately, global warming is altering temperatures and humidity levels across the world, with populations of amphibians such as frogs and salamanders plummeting in recent decades as a result of changing climate conditions and disease.

Irreplaceable in Your Neighborhood

The Earthjustice traveling photo exhibit, Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World, is available to bring education, scholarship and research to your community. For more information on booking the exhibit, including fees, exhibit specifications, requirements and descriptions, please contact Nadine de Coteau at 1-800-584-6460.