PERRYSBURG, Ohio (AP) — High school students at a northwest Ohio vocational school are raising endangered hellbenders — North America’s largest salamander.
A state wildlife official tells The Blade in Toledo (http://bit.ly/1VNmOQW ) that the salamanders have seen an 80 percent decline over the past 36 years.
Students at Penta Career Center are now raising the large, lizard-like amphibians in Perrysburg, about 10 miles south of Toledo.
The school converted a storage room into a laboratory. Students will raise about 170 juvenile hellbenders there over the next couple years. The salamanders will then be released into southern Ohio streams.
The hellbenders arrived at Penta more than a month ago.
Penta joined the Ohio Hellbender Partnership, a group that hopes to save the salamanders using a captive rearing and release program.
Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/