On a gray, rainy late autumn afternoon, came across this little guy skittering across the trail before heading off into the leaf litter... Not sure what species of salamander? (Western red-backed is my best guess.)
Pacific Rainforest near a lake, forest had a rocky, shallow shaley soil with lots of sphagnum moss and big fallen logs under Douglas Fir, Cedar, Western Maple and Hemlock trees. It was near a stream and a path with a lot of people.
The western redback salamander (Plethodon vehiculum) is a species of salamander in the Plethodontidae family, found in Canada and the United States. Its natural habitats are temperate forests and rocky areas. Colored stripe on back changes from red to yellow