Jeffrey Correa, Ann Street School
Essex County Runner Up
Eastern Mud Salamander
I am an Eastern Mud Salamander and i am endangered because of habitat loss. What I want people to know about me is that they can see that I am a good kind of Salamander, or that they can see that I am a special Salamander. I need protection because people are trying to hunt me and that is exactly what I do not like from them. What people can do to help save me and to help save my species is that they can stop hunting us, because that make us feel unsave. I think that people are hunting us because maybe they want to get money and be rich or maybe because they want to explore our inside bodies and put us in the museum so the people that visit the museum can explore us too. And what I think too is that some of the people are trying to hunt us because they can cook us and make people try to eat us. I wish people can stop hunting us just because they want to be famous. Did you know that my habitat is in New Jersey? Or did you know that a female Salamander can have from 15-125 eggs in a whole day. And I think that we can move to another place where people can not find us. What I like to eat are nuts because they are so delicious. I provide food by hunting nuts, and then I eat then.
Ann Street School, Newark