Thursday, October 06, 2011
Backyard Nature Study: Garden Slender Salamander
The fact that this exists is 100 percent magically magical.
I went out tonight to play with my rain barrels--a half an inch of rain fell on LAX on Tuesday during the first rainstorm of the season and both barrels are full to the brim--and while walking around the side of the house I saw what I thought was a very large, decapitated nightcrawler. But nope, that's not a worm, that's a garden slender salamander, whee!
The fact that salamanders exist in my yard (this is the third or so time I've seen them) amazes me to no end. I don't know how they manage to survive year after year, but every so often I'll find one creeping around on a damp winter's night. This is the first time I've ever gotten a respectable photo, because this is the first year I knew where the "macro" button was on my camera, LOL.
This little guy is less than six inches long and moseyed his way into some mulch after I was done with the glamour shots. He'll probably spend the night snacking on roly-pollies and hoping for some action with a lady salamander. Good luck, little fella!
Further reading: CaliforniaHerps.com - Batrachoseps major major - Garden Slender Salamander