Every Spring, once the weather gets warm enough, Yellow-spotted salamanders come out from hibernation and migrate with the help of volunteers in New York. These volunteers in Owasco spotted a salamander on the side of the road, at risk of being run over, and rushed over to help. Unfortunately, their breeding ground is in the wetlands, directly across a 55 mph highway.

@wanderlustonabudget Every Spring, Yellow-spotted salamanders migrate with the help of volunteers in NY. #Spring #Salamanders #AnimalRescue #NewYork #SavingAnimals #amphibiansoftiktok ♬ Cute – Bensound

Volunteers often use flares, headlamps, and high-visibility vests so oncoming traffic can easily spot them as they help salamanders and frogs get to safety. Thanks to these courageous volunteers risking their own lives, this yellow-spotted salamander and so many others will survive.

If you find a salamander, simply leave them alone, admire them by observation, and do not capture them. They do not need your help, says Save the Salamanders. One exception to this is when moving salamanders off of busy paths or roads where they are likely to be killed, they add.

To learn more about what you can do to help salamanders, click here. If you’re interested in volunteering, you can learn more here.

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