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Ancient, Slippery, Enormous 'Snot Otters': Looking for Hellbender Salamanders

Drawing Blood

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Drawing Blood

Kim Terrell draws a blood sample from a hellbender salamander while two volunteers hold the animal still. Timing this task is critical. Terrell needs to get a blood sample as close to the time of its capture as possible. Waiting elevates the level of stress hormone -- a result of its surprise capture -- in the salamander's blood.


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