Friday, December 5, 2014

Rare Hellbender Breeding Behavior Footage

 Video Published on Sep 29, 2014

Wildlife
biologist Thomas Floyd of DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section and Dr.
Shem Unger, a postdoctoral researcher at UGA's Savannah River Ecology
Laboratory, 

were looking for larval hellbenders Sept. 5 as part of a
State Wildlife Grants project exploring the impact of sedimentation
levels on young salamanders. But in the bend of a rain-swollen creek on
the Chattahoochee National Forest, 

the snorkelers spotted an eastern
hellbender guarding a “nest rock” as females attempted to enter the nest
to deposit eggs. This footage is the first known documentation of this
behavior in Georgia.
 

If you spot a hellbender, notify Thomas Floyd at 

thomas.floyd@dnr.state.ga.us.