North Carolina supports the greatest diversity of amphibians in the United States, some 79 species. Amphibians include frogs, toads, and salamanders. They are unique animals that use lungs, gills, and their skin for breathing. The majority of North Carolina’s amphibians live a part of their lives in water or depend on moist environments for breeding, egg-laying, and survival. However, due to habitat losses and degradation, along with increased air and water pollution, 25% of these species are currently in various levels of decline.

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