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Pictures of Texas Blind Salamanders

Eurycea Rathbuni


Eurycea Rathbuni

Texas Blind Salamander


Texas Blind Salamander

Texas Blind Salamander

Texas Blind Salamander Closeup


Texas Blind Salamander Closeup

Texas Blind Salamander In Aquarium


Texas Blind Salamander In Aquarium

Texas Blind Salamander Showing Antlers


Texas Blind Salamander Showing Antlers

Texas Blind Salamander Walking Underwater


Texas Blind Salamander Walking Underwater
Texas Blind Salamander pictures (Eurycea rathbuni).

The Texas Blind Salamander is an endangered, sightless salamander with white translucent skin that lives in water-filled underground caves. It lives only in the Edwards Aquifer in central Texas (under San Marcos), near where i grew up. That aquifer has the greatest diversity of animal species of any known aquifer system. As more people move into the area, the threat to that diversity grows.

The Texas Blind Salamander breathes through gills on the sides of its head and hunts for food by sensing waves created by prey in the still waters it lives in.

We don't know much about the species because its limited underwater habitat makes it very difficult to study.