Under cover object in small ephemeral stream.
Moving about on large rocks on edge of creek.
Forest floor about 10m from large creek
I need help with this one. Wanting to check out a higher elevation and an area I haven't checked out that much this year, I decided to check out the Mt. Greylock State Reservation. There I found a manmade vernal pool I had checked out in the past but didn't pay much attention to. I found to my surprise this guy hanging around. Right away I noticed the jowl look just below the head. It was a medium sized salamander. The tail was laterally compressed. The hind legs were larger than the front. I thought it had a bit of a purplish look but could be brownish. I have included all photos I took including bad ones in that maybe someone will notice something that can positively identify this guy. If you look closely at some of these pics you will notice little white speckles along it's sides. My question is if this is a Southern Dusky, what is he doing here because he is a long long way from where you'd expect to find him. I'll also note that as I approached with my light, he headed for the stone wall very quickly and started to climb into spaces between the rocks. Photos were taken between 7:09 and 8:49 and at two different stops at the pool.
Update: After reviewing several websites, guide books and other sources, I've decided that this is more likely Desmognathus Fuscus. I found New Hampshire's Fish and Game website to be most helpful.
Found under a rock in a small stream.
Desmognathus fuscus is an amphibian in the lungless salamander family. The species is commonly called the dusky salamander or northern dusky salamander to distinguish it from populations in the southern United States which form a separate species, the southern dusky salamander (D. auriculatus). It can be found in eastern North America from extreme eastern Canada in New Brunswick south into the panhandle of Florida and west to Louisiana. The size of the species' total population is...