Adult Jefferson salamanders feed on insects, slugs, worms, and other small aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates. Salamander larvae are found to consume small zooplankton after hatching and then move onto other organisms such as nematodes, aquatic insect larvae, insects and snails. Both adult and larval stages are a food source for crayfish, giant water bugs, snakes, birds, shrews, frogs, fish, skunks, raccoons and other small mammals.
Salamanders and other amphibians are increasingly being used as indicators of environmental health. Salamanders have also proven to be valuable tools in examining various problems in disciplines such as evolution, ecology, animal behavior, physiology, and genetics.
I chose the Jefferson salamander because I found the shape and coloration of this salamander to be quite beautiful and believed that an image depicting a salamander in a “split-screen” view, showing both the adult and breeding habitats would be both informative and visually interesting.