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Fall Salamanders of 05

This year’s salamander season was pretty slim due to a very dry fall.  When we did finally get some evening rains this autumn I ended up missing the migrations to breeding ponds due to other engagements.  I did manage to roll a few things under logs including one lifer.

This Central Newt was netted in St Charles Co. (first attempt at aquarium photography)

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Here's the first Spotted Salamander of the season; found under a rotting log not far from a vernal pool.

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Ryan Thies and I uncovered this Spotted Salamander in St Charles Co.

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I would have missed this one if Ryan hadn't spotted it before I put the log back in place.  St Genevieve Co.

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This Four-toed Salamander was my target species for this fall.  See related report at http://cryptobranchidae.tripod.com/id212.html

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The Western Slimy Salamander is one of the more common species encountered when rolling logs in Missouri.

 

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A close up of the same slimy

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Southern Red-backs are another common salamander where they are found.  This one is from St Genevieve Co.

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Another Red-back, this time from St Francois Co.

 

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And finally a close up of that same Red-back.

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