Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

Texas Blind Salamander


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Typhlomolge rathbuni
PROFILE:

Texas blind salamanders are adapted to life in caves without light. Their skin is almost pigmentless and adults have non-functioning eyes. The Dallas Zoo is one of the few facilities to breed this endangered species. They are something of a mystery, but due to the exemplary work of our amphibian keepers, we have learned more about their breeding habits in recent years, which will help us with the conservation of this species.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Amphibians, Caudata (salamanders)
NATIVE TO:
North America; specifically the San Marcos Pool of the Edward's Aquifer in central Texas.
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Vulnerable; listed as an endangered species in Texas and in the USA.
DIET:
Insectivore
LIFESPAN:
Unknown in the wild
SOCIAL STATUS:
Unknown in the wild
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