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This is a discussion on American Plethodontids survey within the Plethodontids and Lungless Salamanders (Bolitoglossa, Eurycea, Plethodon, etc.) forums, part of the Species, Genus & Family Discussions category; This is a survey of sorts. I am wondering what everyone's favorite states are to find plethodontids in. My personal ...

Plethodontids and Lungless Salamanders (Bolitoglossa, Eurycea, Plethodon, etc.) The largest, and one of the most diverse groups of salamanders, these salamanders have all evolved to breathe solely through their skin and are found almost exclusively in North America.

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This is a survey of sorts. I am wondering what everyone's favorite states are to find plethodontids in. My personal favorites are Ohio, Tennessee, and Virgnia.



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Oregon is my favorite because, while it may not have diversity, has many wonderful species.
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I've always wanted to go to the PNW, but I haven't been able to. Personally, the reasons that Tennessee and Ohio are my favorites are that in TN, I found a Red-Cheeked Salamander on my first serious sally expedition, and I found 75 Cave sallies (state endangered, in my Going into the dark post) in an OH springhouse. Salamandering is a tough hobby to explain to anyone, but I explain it quite simply, it's ten days of researching hell followed by twenty minutes of pure heaven, you see new places, and get closer to nature. I feel like I'm Ralph Waldo Emerson while I'm salamandering. I have to get out to Oregon and Washington sometime. I'm sort of curious, if you've ever salamandered in Appalachia, how would you say the sally streams differ out there?
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Out of the 26 states that I've herped in, I'd have to say Virginia, hands down.



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Although I've only had the opportunity to herp a small part of that state, I did find it amazing. Nothing beats Mount Rogers Rec Area! (Except maybe GSMNP)



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Mount Rogers is my absolute all time favorite place to herp. I may be biased though since it's less than 2 hours from me, has wild horses, 37 species of caudates (31 of which are Plethodontids!) and you can collect herps throughout most of the area.



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I think living in North Carolina is the reason I love this state for herping in general. WNC has all the plethodons I need. This state also encompasses a huge variety of habitat that is fairly close. Couldn't ask for much more.

Other than here, I loved California. The Sierras and the northwestern forests are just awesome places to walk around, and they have a good bunch of salamanders.



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Like jaster says, doesnt get better than WNC. Georgia and Kentucky are great too.



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