BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is conducting a well-being check on a reclusive salamander.
Volunteers and staff from MassWildlife's endangered species program plan to survey areas of the state where spring salamanders have been known to live.
Once considered rare, spring salamanders were removed from a state list of species of special concern in 2006. Officials now want to reassess the health of the species, particularly amid concerns about how climate change may impact cold water streams in higher elevations of southern New England.
That's where the salamanders typically reside and they aren't very fond of attention, spending much of their lives hiding under large, flat stones in remote and hard-to-reach areas.
Spring salamanders are often pinkish or orange in color with faint black spots. They can grow up to eight inches of length.