Arboreal Salamander (Aneides lugubris).
Briones Regional Park. California.
The conditions seemed right so I was hoping to find a tiger salamander and sure enough as soon as I parked by the pond I found this skinny little guy staring back at me. 2 years in a row finding live tigers at the same place, the population must be healthy.
Under the coverboard near the sign-in station in the parking lot. Apparently this is the first herp to be spotted here!
Lost Maples State Natural Area
Lost Maples spring. In situ
Salamanders are any of approximately 550 extant species of amphibians within the order Caudata. They are typically characterized by a superficially lizard-like appearance, with slender bodies, short noses, and long tails. All known fossil salamanders and all extinct species fall under the order Caudata, while sometimes the extant species are grouped together as the Urodela. Salamanders have never more than four toes on their front legs and five on their rear legs, but some species have...