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Black Warrior Waterdogs – Dip Netting

On December 12, 2011, Erik Keyster, John Staubach, and I  left the Cincinnati Zoo at 11:00 am and headed to Alabama for another Black Warrior Waterdog survey. Our first stop was East Central Alabama and the Cahaba River Drainage.

Upon arrival, we noticed that the wooden bridge above the creek smelled like creosote. We were afraid that if there was a waterdog population in the creek, the creosote might have negatively impacted it. We saw a few leaf piles near the banks of the creek and we began dip netting. John found the first larvae! We continued to dip-net and eventually found a total of 6 waterdogs.


January 17, 2012   1 Comment

Black Warrior Waterdogs – Success in Alabama

Unfortunately, the two creeks in the Mobile River Drainage, where the TYPE and PARATYPE species of Necturus lödingi have been found, were covered with trash. Luckily, we had one other creek to examine. From a bridge overlooking the creek, we noticed a tiny leaf pack on a semi-steep bank about 20-feet up the creek. Within the first scoop, we caught two, then three, and then four waterdogs! While there wasn’t much further north, once we headed down stream we found another leaf pack. Again, two, then three waterdogs!

In total, we captured 16 juvenile waterdogs and 1 adult. [Read more →]

January 16, 2012   No Comments

Black Warrior Waterdogs – Hatchlings Found!

The next day we headed towards south east Mississippi and stopped at a river in our target drainage. Unfortunately, no waterdogs. We drove to a neighboring county where several cited locality creeks were located and found two more creeks that looked promising, but still no luck. Finally, we headed toward the Coastal River Drainage. The area we surveyed wasn’t too deep and there were a few clumps of leaf packs. We started dip netting through the packs. Finally- the first waterdog! It was a hatchling. We continued dip netting and found a second one, this time a year-ling. After about 20 minutes of dip netting we found a sub-adult! We were happy to have located waterdogs.

We wrapped up and headed toward Mobile, AL for the night.  We stayed at a hotel that had a resident population of Mediterranean House Geckos. Mediterranean House Geckos are a non-native species, but due to their choice of habitat, they don’t likely compete with native lizards. We found six geckos in an hour, and then it was off to bed!

January 16, 2012   No Comments