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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

You guessed it

Whew!  It was raining pretty hard tonight.  During the last 24 hours, about an inch of rain has fallen.  Knowing that this is the first significant rain of the season, do you have a guess about what type of animal will be featured tonight?  (You can have a few guesses.)

Seemed like good weather for amphibians, so I went out after dinner and found a few of these small vertebrates crawling among the redwood needles:


This is a California Slender Salamander (Batrachoseps attenuatus).

It was raining hard enough that taking pictures of them was a bit of a challenge.  But here are views of two different individuals next to our garage.  Sometimes they're more red, other times more gray.



I can't help thinking that the rain must feel pretty good to them!

I first wrote about slender salamanders last March, so if you'd like to learn more about them, check out that post here.

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