Great news!

The first really neat fruit of the project has come! The three Columbia Torrent Salamanders (Rhyacotriton kezeri) that Matt found in January have proven to be the first confirmed records of Columbia Torrent Salamander from Columbia County, and the furthest east that the species has been recorded in Oregon.

After checking the museum records, checking the field guides, checking the published papers, and talking to about a dozen herpetologists in the region, Matt and I were able to submit the find to Herpetological Review, an international journal. They have confirmed that Matt's county record and new range extension will be published in the June edition of the journal.

Something else we confirmed through the whole process is that there are very few published reptile and amphibian records for Columbia County. The lack of investigation of the county was noted to us over and over. So keep looking and see what else you might find!

Posted on April 24, 2019 09:10 by jonhakim jonhakim | 2 comments | Leave a comment
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We are completing an inventory of reptiles and amphibians in Columbia County, Oregon - every salamander, newt, frog, toad, turtle, lizard, and snake in the county.

We want to record as many species as possible from as many different portions of the county as possible. Our ultimate goal is to combine this data with other observations from other sources in order to publish a report on ...more ↓

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