Salamander about 4" long. Black with mottled yellow dorsal stripe and white speckles. Found in sprinkler box.
We saw 30-40, but we didn't turn every log, could be 3x that.
Before someone tries to correct and doubt my ID let me say this. These are the only salamanders within range that go through an aquatic phase. If you don't believe me go onto the website California herps. Go to the salamander section. Then click the range map section and see how many salamanders are found in Alpine County. If you still don't believe me click on all the salamander pages that can be found within the county. You will see that these are the only salamanders with an aquatic phase.
Now this was extremely cool!!! I was trying to get a picture of the water boatmen when after I just got done turning off my camera I saw one surface and swim back down. I only found them in spot of the whole lake but there was quite a few in that area.
Egg mass in a wetland in the '100 Acre Wood'
running across the moss in the field at edge of woods
Sitting in our underground sprinkler valve box at our house.
Seven adults under wood in pond - gathered for breeding season
Large artificial pond and nearby wetlands in the Otto preserve on Lummi island. Deep water in middle of pond. Reed Canary Grass widely present with several native shrubs and a few native trees.
Adult found under log by pond on private property, on Lummi Island near Curry Preserve.