10.16.2021 Salamander Saturday

The blue tarp once again.

I don’t see many salamanders so this will likely be one and done for this year at least.

Red-backed Salamander-Plethodon cinereus

Just finished splitting and stacking this coming season’s firewood…actually heating season starts tomorrow night.  This salamander and another were hanging out under the tarp.  Cute little wriggler.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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22 Responses to 10.16.2021 Salamander Saturday

  1. Nice Image Steve! Very colorful background!😊

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  2. Looks great against the bright blue tarp background! What will he do all winter? Hide in the wood pile? Or bury himself in the mud? Or something else?

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  3. Last week I finished reading Neil Shubin’s Some Assembly Required. A portion of the book focuses on salamanders, which continue being of great interest to zoologists because the animals can fully regenerate lost limbs.

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  4. shoreacres says:

    So, you’re saying you don’t have a plethora of Plethodons? Too bad! (And cool that the words are related.)

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Must be the year/season for them… I found 5(!) while cleaning my small fountain today and then later one in my garden when I was digging. Some years I hardly see one!

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  6. Littlesundog says:

    I was surprised that during July and August I found a lot of salamander babies scooting around the outside of the house and along our north fence joining the neighbor’s property. It must have been a baby boom year for them. Like you, I feel seeing their presence indicates a healthy yard and ecosystem.

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    • Maybe I was too late to the party for the babies. I’ll have to be on the lookout next year. This year we’ve had a louder peeper chorus, more moths and butterflies, and more of other insects as well as the salamanders. Our neighbor got a propane fueled weed torch and is using that instead of chemicals so maybe we are on the rebound thanks to that.Still bad for the soil life but at least it is limited/ Of course if he does it during a drought we might have a range fire going here.

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  7. Critters just love your blue tarp, Steve! I willl have to get mine out the shed I think 🙂 Lovely creature, and capture.

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    • That they do, it seems, Pete. I wonder how they will like brown as I purchased that color for this season. As much as I like blue and insects upon it, that color is a lesser gauge and the sun destroys it in a season so I bought a heavier weight, albeit brown, which won’t show off the little buggers like the blue. Thanks!

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  8. Todd Henson says:

    So nice of them to visit and pose for you, even if on a blue tarp. Always best to take that opportunity, especially with these creatures we see so infrequently. They’re incredibly flexible, almost like little legged snakes.

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