San Marcos biologists have a backup plan to protect endangered species in the Edwards Aquifer
At the San Marcos Aquatic Resource Center, about 45 blind Texas salamanders float in a freshwater tank, ready to spring forward at the slightest movement. Almost translucent in color and walking on small, spindly legs, cave dwellers mostly remain seated, their flat, smooth heads sometimes raised with two tiny black dots under the skin where their eyes would be.
Desiree Moore, research biologist for the Aquatic Resources Center, nets a salamander and places it on a gloved hand. The amphibian moves quickly, sensing a different environment. But Moore moves faster, using his other hand to keep the creature from falling into the tank.
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