Found crawling on a friends driveway during a warm spell in January. Drumheller Springs with seasonal ponds is nearby.
Photo does not show the true color of olive yellow stripe on back.
Found a bunch of these metamorphs under logs right next to the lake. Garter snakes and water bugs definitely present, not to mention dry weather. Tough life for these guys.
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...