Herpetology Education in Rural Places and Spaces (The HERP Project) supports educational, conservation and field ecology experiences related to herpetology, which is the study of reptiles (turtles, snakes, lizards, alligators) and amphibians (frogs and salamanders). This website, The Herp Project Cyberhub, is designed for people of all ages who are interested in herpetology, particularly the herpetology of North Carolina.
Clue 1: There are three giant salamanders found in the world. One can be found in North Carolina mountain streams. Who is it?
Clue 2: This herp has been nicknamed the snot otter, the devil dog and the Alleghany alligator. Who is it?
Clue 3: Its wrinkly skin absorbs dissolved oxygen from the water, allowing it to breathe while completely submerged.
Answer: Sensitive to stream sedimentation and pollution, the hellbender is listed as a Species of Special Concern and protected by law. (Photo by Todd W. Pierson)