Abstract

With current declines in amphibian and reptile populations, herpetological surveys of protected natural areas are crucial to management of these organisms, especially as natural areas become more insular due to surrounding land use. Jakey Hollow Natural Area (JHNA) is a locally significant biological site in Columbia County, PA, consisting of wooded slopes bisected by a small-order stream. This report presents the results of a salamander survey at JHNA during the spring of 2020. Cover object surveys revealed a total of 190 salamanders belonging to seven species. The most common salamanders observed at JHNA were Plethodon cinereus and Desmognathus ochrophaeus, which typify other surveys of similar habitats in Pennsylvania. Other species found in lower abundance were D. fuscus, Eurycea bislineata, Gyrinophilus porphyriticus, P. glutinosus, and Pseudotriton ruber. Future surveys utilizing other techniques may reveal the presence of additional salamander species at this site.

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