Striped Newts, Ephemeral Wetlands, and Fire in the Forest


Two releases of striped newts into ephemeral wetlands in the Apalachicola National Forest show how this is an amphibian forged by fire. These ephemeral wetlands drain and fill with the underlying aquifer. The amphibians that live within them have evolved with these cycles, just as the vegetation in the wetlands evolved to burn every couple of years, like the long leaf forest around them.

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