Seven adults under wood in pond - gathered for breeding season
Large artificial pond and nearby wetlands in the Otto preserve on Lummi island. Deep water in middle of pond. Reed Canary Grass widely present with several native shrubs and a few native trees.
Adult found under log by pond on private property, on Lummi Island near Curry Preserve.
I was lucky to be able to go out with some researchers studying Santa Cruz Long-toeds and California Tiger salamanders this weekend.
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...