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The Carolina northern flying squirrel is a relict animal of the last ice age now living in the Southern Appalachians. Because of its rarity and association with declining high-elevation coniferous trees, this animal is now an endangered species and recovery efforts are being explored.
Populations of the mole salamander (Ambystoma talpoideum) have been found in Union and Surry Counties. These are the state's first verified records of this salamander from east of the eastern Continental Divide. Three new locations for the four-toed salamander (Hemidactylium scutatum) have been found in the Coastal Plain.