This guy was walking the raod on a rainy night. The common name is a Devil Crayfish.
Found this little guy while pulling garlic mustard.
Hopefully correct salamander with correct eggs this time...
I have two fishless ponds just for amphibians near my house. Lots of American toads breed there. This year I noticed these white egg strands. I thought they were probably just infertile, but when I came back in several days I noticed they were still white, but developing. I took some of them in to watch them develop, along with some normally colored eggs. The second photo is the tadpoles two days after hatching. Now after a couple of weeks they all look normally colored- third photo. Anybody got any thoughts? Mikeygraz?
I hadn't seen one of these native types in years- just the asian exotics anymore.
These guys are a protected species in Illinois, but it's only because we are on the edge of their range. They're abundant where they are found.