Western long-toed salamander
I came across this fella while cleaning up an old shed that had fallen down during the December 2007 storm.
Western red-backed or wandering salamander?
About 5 inches long, found under a log in an upland area.
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Found inside of a log on the edge of a seasonal lake.
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...