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OLD SALAMANDER Scientists find oldest known member of elusive, endangered salamander species

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Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2013 6:00 pm

The oldest known endangered Jemez Mountain salamander was found last week near the Valles Caldera National Preserve by scientists and a team of land managers who were learning how to find the elusive little amphibians.

The salamander, almost 5 inches long, is estimated to be between 15 and 18 years old. Mitch East of Natural Heritage New Mexico at the University of New Mexico found the little guy in a log. Based on its large head, the team thinks it is male.

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