Salamanders big and small

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In the garden disruptions associated with our porch construction, I have uncovered several nests of salamanders, under rocks and buried in the dirt. I have seen two salamander types in our back yard along the Guadalupe River in San Jose, California. From the pictures on the Californiaherps web page, they are:

The big one pictured above is guarding a nest of eggs.  The two species live near each other but not together (the pictures here were taken of salamanders living under different rocks about a foot apart).  I have seen as many as seven in one nest underground – large and small but all of one species.  I once turned on the water hose and out shot a very surprised large salamander who had been hiding inside.  They mostly hold still when uncovered but they can move fast.  I try to leave them alone – only moving them to a safer spot if their current location is dangerous.

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Images Copyright 2012-2013 by Katy Dickinson

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