Discussion in 'Flora & Fauna' started by A Seedy Lot, May 15, 2018.
I have been moving mulch from the pile to perennials, almost forked this little creature.
Nice, glad you saved it!
Good save. They are facinating critters.
I love salamanders. My puppy does, too; she ate one in the yard a few days ago.
I remember catching those as a kid, probably not too far from your AO haha. Cool find and good pic! Glad you saved the lil guy.
That's cool. A few years ago I dug a small pond in the front yard. The first year we got a couple of frogs that stayed for the summer but those never returned unfortunately. But since a few years we do have salamanders using our pond to raise their offspring every spring & summer, so cute. I often catch the little ones in my net when cleaning dead leafs etc. from the pond & carefully pick them out of the net to throw 'm back in with their mummies & daddies.
We have always had salamanders on the property but i have seen more an increase in their numbers in the last 5 years. I attribute this to the amount of mulch we have placed on the ground. The mulch not only provides habitat but also feeds the worm population which in turn feeds the salamanders.
I love this! I wish we had a property that allowed for something like this. The only salamanders I see are on our spring hikes, but I do so enjoy spotting them when we do! We see pretty much just the red spotted salamanders. Last year we did one hike and it must have been after a rain.. we had to watch where we were stepping!
@A Seedy Lot do you know the ID? I'd be curious what it is, even it it's not in these parts..
@NJHeart2Heart the salamander is a Western Long-toed, Ambystoma macrodactylum if you want a more scientific name.
Western long toed is good enough for me
Go out on a warm night when there is a light rain and you'll probably see salamanders crossing a warm asphalt road. Unfortunately, many are killed by vehicles when they do this.
Better salamanders than these fellows when your wife sees one.
Thats a nice pic. I was pouring concrete in existing holes for new fence posts. I scooped one out that floated to the surface. Poor little guy. I hosed him off and set him under a tree. He crawled away no worse for wear. Tough little fellows!
My wife found one of those salamanders out in her garden the other day. It was the first time we had seen one here in the 5 years we've been playing in this patch of dirt. Reminds me of my favorite Terrorvision quote: "Amazing creature, the lizard. Ya eat the tail, it don't give a hoot. Just grows another one. And ya eat it, too."
I love finding salamanders. I had a spotted salamander as a pet when I was a kid. I believe that was the name of it.
I counted 8 this morning!
Some of them have pretty big bellies so I guess the babies are on their way
I tried taking some pictures but they didn't turn out well. This was the best I could manage:
@Crooked Penguin oh!!! sooo cool!! Love that.. little guy hanging out in there... thanks for sharing!
oh my! I'm an appreciator of snakes too, but they just don't evoke the same "awwww" that I feel for salamanders
What snake is that @DirtmanDave??
King snake and they can grow pretty big. It's an "awww" for me though.
Hehehe to each his own scaley love