Sunday, June 21, 2009

Jefferson Salamander

I found this young Jefferson Salamander under some wood near the edge of the yard. After they lose their gills and become land dwelling, they travel away from the water until they find suitable habitat in which to live and grow. From the size, I’d say he left the water within the last two weeks. They travel when the ground and vegetation are wet from rain or dew.

This is the place the salamander most likely came from. This pond leaks badly and provides habitat more commonly found in vernal pools. It usually goes completely dry in early July. Late developing salamander larvae don’t survive the loss of water.

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