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.
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.