one live lt salamander crossing the road, made it and crawled away in the dark before I got a picture; one dead, smashed but green head and back marking (although the green doesn't show well in image), intercostal grooves (ventral image) excludes other possibilities; the 4th hind toe not especially long, but in looking through the substantial collection here at the Slater Museum smaller individuals have equal length hind 3rd & 4th toes, not sure when the longer 4th develops.
1 alive, 1 dead; Rain started~ 17:00 but only for an hour, was 55 d F but dropped to 48 by 20:00
3 alive 1 dead in 100 m stretch of road at edge of Fisher Pond, 55 d F, rain since 17:30, 130 mm total on pictured salamander.
A lifer for Hank Fabian and myself . Thanks Jim !
The long-toed salamander (Ambystoma macrodactylum, Baird 1849) is a mole salamander in the family Ambystomatidae. This species, typically 4.1–8.9 cm (1.6 to 3.5 in) long when mature, is characterized by its mottled black, brown, and yellow pigmentation, and its long outer fourth toe on the hind limbs. Analysis of fossil records, genetics, and biogeography suggest A. macrodactylum and A. laterale are descended from a common ancestor that gained access to the western Cordillera with the loss of the mid-continental...