Well, hello there.

long-tailed salamander in gravel

So today I was getting some of last year’s leaf litter off the gravel paths in the veggie garden. I lifted up the first lump, and my eyes said, “Anomoly!” because of course gravel paths don’t usually have yellow stripes. So I put the leaf litter back and ran off and got my camera.

long-tailed salamander on hand

Here’s one with my hand, for scale.


And this is the best one I got of the little guy. It’s a Long-toed Salamander, Ambystoma macrodactylum. I’ve never seen one of these before; apparently they’re quite secretive, hanging out near ponds in breeding season (April and May). So maybe we’ll be lucky and have more of them!

I love our yard.


One thought on “Well, hello there.

  1. What a great find! I followed the link on the salamander – it is cool that they can regenerate body parts and can glue their predators to the ground, or poison them. Yikes! Did you report your find to BC Frogwatch?

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