Recycled Salamander (Shallow Thoughts)

Akkana's Musings on Open Source, Science, and Nature.

Sun, 24 Feb 2008

Recycled Salamander

When Dave went to take out the recycling bin this afternoon, he found a surprise under it.

[Arboreal salamander in the backyard] It was motionless at first, and Dave worried that he'd hurt it moving the bin. But it was just resting; eventually it woke up and moved off to find a damper and less exposed spot.

My best guess is that it's an Arboreal salamander, Aneides lugubris ... and probably the same species as the baby salamanders from a few years ago.

It's fun to see amphibians in the backyard: makes me feel like the environment isn't a lost cause yet. I still don't see many frogs these days, but last week walking through a Google parking lot after a talk there was quite a frog chorus, so they're around even if they're not easy to see.

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