About This Animal
SIZE: 3.7–7.1 in
RANGE: Eastern and Southeastern United States
HABITAT: Temperate forests small creeks and streams. They often like to hide under rocks, logs, and leaves
LIFESPAN: Unknown in the wild but animals in captivity can live to 20 years
ON EXHIBIT: Tennessee River Gallery at River Journey
About this animal: The Red Salamander is native to the Eastern United States and is named for its bright red coloration.
Threats: Habitat destruction, pollution, and climate change
Our Impact: The Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute (TNACI) is conducting research on how animals in headwater streams interact with each other and their environment. Headwater streams are key aquatic resources because many native animals live in these habitats. TNACI is studying the red salamander and other salamanders using artificial stream experiments. The aim of the research is to understand how interactions among salamanders, fish, and insects impact headwater ecosystems.
Conservation Status: Stable