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Flatwoods Salamanders

side by side image of a frosted flatwoods salamander and a reticulated flatwoods salamander

There are two species of flatwoods salamander found in Florida. The frosted flatwoods salamander (Ambystoma cingulatum, federally threatened) historically occurred in north-central Florida westward to the Apalachicola River. The reticulated flatwoods salamander (Ambystoma bishopi, federally endangered) historically occurred throughout the panhandle west of the Apalachicola River. Both species have suffered dramatic declines leaving only a few remaining populations on a handful of public lands. Both species require relatively undisturbed pine savanna or wet prairie habitats that are maintained by frequent fire (every 1-3 years).