Two Garden Slender Salamander's (Batrachoseps major major)
I found them in the leaf litter underneath an oak tree where they were utilizing a log for shelter and to keep moist. Both had a glossy tone with reflective speckles and one of them had a really cryptic coloration with red and brown undertones more pronounced in the tail. I found them around noon. The ground was very moist since it rained the previous day.
Unknown tracks. Maybe small alligator lizard, but it has been really cold, so I doubt it. I am not sure what made this. Help?
Slender salamander is the name often given to Plethodontid (lungless) salamanders of the genus Batrachoseps. They are distinguished from other lungless salamanders by their four toes on each foot. Their range is from Oregon and California (USA) to northern Baja California (Mexico).