|Scientists work to save newts in Apalachicola|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
TALLAHASSEE — Scientists are working to reintroduce the western striped newt in the Apalachicola National Forest.
The Tallahassee Democrat reported on Sunday that the lizard-like salamanders disappeared from the region in 2007 after inhabiting the area for millennia.
Through captive breeding programs, biologists have begun bringing hundreds of newt larvae back to ponds inside the national forest. Dozens of larvae have survived and emerged as “efts,” baby newts that are about 2 inches long with a tail and four, tiny limbs.
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