B.valliceps captured on the grounds of the Independence Creek Nature Preserve in west Texas. Specimen found sitting in the open, on a rocky outcropping, on a cliff overlooking a flood plain (elevation 639m). Specimen was preserved and added to the University of Texas herp collection. Captured during fair weather, overcast, just after dark, roughly 60-65 dergrees F.
Long and slender. Dark body. Short limbs. Easy to hand catch. Found under wood plank.
Eggs were seen attached to sticks at the bottom of a pond. Adults were seen holding on the long grass rising from the bottom of the pond.
Amphibians are ectothermic, tetrapod vertebrates of the class Amphibia (Greek ἀμφí, amphi, "both" + βíος, bios, "life"). They inhabit a wide variety of habitats with most species living within terrestrial, fossorial, arboreal or freshwater aquatic ecosystems. Amphibians typically start out as larva living in water, but some species have developed behavioural adaptations to bypass this. The young generally undergo metamorphosis from larva with gills to an adult air-breathing form with lungs. Amphibians use their skin as...