A Spotted Salamander   Leave a comment

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Cutting back the perennials was much more exciting than usual this year!  As I was cutting back a dense patch of Hosta, I noticed a striking, shiny black surface.  Looking closer, I noticed yellow spots and quickly realized that I had come across a spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum)!   I was quite excited about this because I have always enjoyed finding little creatures like this, even as a child.   I felt quite sorry to have disturbed this one, and moved it to a sheltered spot nearby.  It was mid November already and I was afraid this would no longer be a suitable place to spend the winter, because of exposure to both cold temperatures and predators.   Here’s a picture:

  Joan Allen photo

Spotted salamanders are in the family of salamanders commonly known as mole salamanders. This name comes from their habit of living underground in the burrows of…

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Posted December 11, 2012 by felipedelbosque in Uncategorized

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