Large female ensatina found under a rock (obligatory banana slug in background)
Ensatina found perched at the tip of a twig overhanging a trail, approximately 12" off the ground.
Found near a trail at night.
Small male ensatina found climbing a tree.
Two Oregon Ensatinas in courtship performing a tail-straddling walk (!)
Two of several found active on the surface at night.
Ensatina eschscholtzii (commonly known by its genus name, Ensatina) is a complex of plethodontid (lungless) salamanders found in coniferous forests, oak woodland and chaparral from British Columbia, through Washington, Oregon, across California (where all seven subspecies variations are located), all the way down to Baja California in Mexico. The genus Ensatina originated approximately 21.5 million years ago.