Mar 08, 2017
By Michael Kramer
The little creatures have a grey or black-coloured back with lighter under-parts – and can be up to 20 centimetres long. They emerge from the ground in the spring in southern Ontario – to make their annual trek to breeding ponds.
Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring says the program – which begins tomorrow – has been a huge success – and no salamanders have died on the road since the closures began.
The Jefferson Salamander is protected at both the provincial and national levels – and was added to Ontario’s endangered species list in 2011.
The rare amphibian is also getting help in York region – where people have built a series of tunnels under some roads – to help increase survival.