Kirsten Hecht

Salamander expert Kirsten Hecht—also known as Kirsten “Hechtbender,” for reasons that will become clear—gave Macken a call tonight to talk about salamanders and other topics. The conversation was light & fun, we heard a few stories, learned a bit of history, and found out a lot about animals.

Macken had several questions for her tonight, including:

- Why are they called hellbenders?

- Can all salamanders regenerate limbs?

- How do salamanders regenerate limbs?

- Why do amphibians go through a tadpole stage?

- Why don’t mudpuppies and axolotls grow up?

- How do you balance being a mom with being a scientist?

Macken and Kristen ended up covering some tangential topics, from the history of dragons in China to the joys of Halloween. Everyone can find something to enjoy!