Blind Salamander Added to Endangered Species List

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    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    A photo of the endangered Blind Salamander from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed a blind salamander found only in Texas as endangered and a second species as threatened.

    The federal agency published the listings Tuesday. It says the Austin blind salamander is endangered. The Jollyville Plateau species is listed as threatened until a final determination in six months.

    The agency says in a news release these salamanders live only in a small area of Central Texas. It has designated more than 4,400 acres as critical habitat, a move that will require developers and others to work around land in one of the state's most rapidly growing urban areas.

    The agency says the salamanders are threatened by a degradation of habitat, and a drop in crucial water supplies due to drought and urbanization.