Winter has returned to Buttermilk Falls and with it the changing conditions at the falls. If you visit the falls in the winter please exercise extra caution while navigating the steps and platforms in snowy and icy conditions.
Mudpuppies retain their external gills their entire life and as referred to as the "Peter Pan" of salamanders because "they never grow up". The gills also serve as the host site for the larvae of the Salamander Mussel, its the only mussel that uses another animal as its host.
One of the most unique salamander species that lives in Indiana County is the Common Mudpuppy. This adult was about 12 inches in length. Mudpuppies have more DNA in their cells than any living organism on Earth, a truly unique species that is worth protecting for that reason alone.