Hundreds of Salamanders Gather on Homeowner’s Doorstep

That’s exactly what happened to one St. Louis area homeowner. No, these are not snakes, or even reptiles. They are an amphibian species called a ringed salamander.

The Missouri Department of Conservation posted this picture of the gathering–which is called a “congress of salamanders”–to their Facebook page and had this to say about it:

“Our St. Louis office got a call last week from a homeowner who had this pile of ringed salamanders trapped in an outside stairway. In autumn they travel by night to fishless woodland ponds where they may congregate by the hundreds for breeding. The salamanders were moved to a nearby fishless pond so they could continue…. If you see activity like this, let us know so we can help wildlife get back on the right road.”

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I’m most impressed with the homeowner, who did the right thing by contacting the Missouri Department of Conservation instead of a pest control company.

Amphibians like salamanders are on the decline globally. They are affected by habitat destruction, collection for the pet trade, climate change, pollution and disease. Their sensitive skin aborbs toxins from the air and water and as a result, amphibians are considered “canaries in the coal mine” because their presence is an indicator of the health of the greater environment. If you have them in your neighborhood, that’s a great sign.

Find out what you can do to help amphibians from the National Wildlife Federation.

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Zeshan Bilal
Zeshan Bilal3 years ago

what is main cause of there deficiency in there breed??

Melania Padilla
Melania P4 years ago

I am so envy! Salamanders are so beautiful.... I'd protect them too!

Danuta Watola
Danuta W4 years ago

Thanks for very good article

Brian Schrader
Brian Schrader4 years ago


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Thanks for posting

Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez

Congratulations for protecting this amazing animals.

Chris C.
Chris C4 years ago

Kudos to homemaker.

Sharon Stein
Sharon Stein4 years ago

I am glad there are governments, and individuals that are concerned with saving salamanders.

Marcia Geiger
Marcia Geiger4 years ago

kudos to the homeowner for doing the right thing,

Rita odessa
Rita Delfing4 years ago

about 10 years ago, me and a friend went to Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba. We were driving down a dirt road just checking out the prairie's around the area, and we noted something small crossing the road, having time to kill we got out and seen it was a salamander. Then we stood up and we could see that there were salamanders ahead and crossing the same way as this little guy. Being animal lovers we were now in a dilemma, not wanting to run over the little guys we decided I would walk in front of the car and tell her which way to move the vehicle. This must have taken an hour lol. We later found out the area used to be a reptile protected area. The land strangely enough was given back to the local first nations group. Sadly these little guys were no longer protected and were run over daily as people now lived in the area. Well we did what we could do that day, and I am glad there are governments that are concerned with saving salamanders.