'A Salamander Tale' told at OWC

Posted 6/30/18

A Salamander Tale

BENTON — USDA Forest Service officials say Purdue University’s Agriculture Exhibit Design Center—A Salamander Tale is currently on exhibition at the Ocoee Whitewater (OWC) in the Cherokee National Forest.

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BENTON — USDA Forest Service officials announced that Purdue University’s Agriculture Exhibit Design Center's "A Salamander Tale" is currently on exhibit at the Ocoee Whitewater in the Cherokee National Forest.

The 300-square-foot "A Salamander Tale" exhibit is available to visit daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the end of September. Admission to the exhibit is free. There is a day-use fee for parking at the OWC, but 30-minute visitor parking is free. The OWC is located near Ducktown, on U.S. Highway 64.

Explore the wonderful world of salamanders with Herbie the Hellbender! Learn what makes a salamander a salamander. Discover how amphibians differ from reptiles; Read about how you can help protect salamanders; Play a video game and guide a hellbender through a river environment. Eat fish, and the hellbender grows!

Ocoee Whitewater Center Assistant Director Terinda Whisenant said, “We are pleased to host this informative and family oriented interactive exhibit at the Ocoee Whitewater Center. This is a great way for children and adults to have a fun time learning about these

There are numerous species of salamanders in Tennessee. Tennessee’s largest salamander (11 to 20-plus inches), the hellbender can be found in the Cherokee National Forest. It is an aquatic species that inhabits clean, fast flowing streams and rivers, where large, flat rocks provide plenty of cover.

Small eyes in a large flattened head, slimy skin secretions and loose folds of skin along the sides of its body contribute to the bizarre look of this giant salamander. Hellbenders are nocturnal, and search at night for small fish and crayfish. A harmless species, this once abundant salamander has declined throughout much of its range due to impoundments and pollution. It occurs sporadically throughout the eastern two-thirds of Tennessee and is currently listed by the state of Tennessee as being “In Need of Management.”

"A Salamander Tale" includes salamander-shaped furniture displaying text and graphics, a video game guiding a virtual salamander through a river environment and lifelike dioramas of different salamander species. It will enlighten, entertain and educate visitors about this fascinating group of amphibians.

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