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(and drunk cellphone photos in the woods)
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Yellow Spotted Salamander Evening Rain
Ok, so salamanders dont catch much brook trout or even striped bass, but, they are one of my favorite yearly events. My apologies to all the hardcore fly fishermen/women readers... Tonight's post is about salamanders.
Tonight was actually the third warm rain of this spring, one was brief, cold, and didn't even melt the snow... last night was not as severe.. tonight the rain came down.
Yellow spotted salamanders come out of hiding to lay eggs on the first warm rainy spring day. ever drive around after dark and see all the frogs in the road??? well.. one day a year mixed in with the frogs are these huge amphibians thicker than your thumb.
If anyone recalls last years post (http://connecticunt.blogspot.com/2013/03/sos-save-our-salamanders.html) I was a little late to save as many as I had wanted to, but this year was a little better, although there were casualties, I will save you the horrific photos. this year was all about the saving. All collected salamanders are put into my 1 acre vernal pool, where they lay their eggs and continue to thrive in a local ecosystem with the resident fairy shrimp, grays tree frogs, and the now loud again peep frogs. The sound of my swamp on a humid summer night is a deafening chorus of nature that might keep city-folks awake all night. We prefer to keep the windows open, it's something that without... I might be kept awake all night with the silence.
Tonight I got soaked to the bone, and filled up the bottom of a cooler, with each salamander being possibly 20 years old, not doing anything to help them is not an option to me. We put the roads there.
This lone large toad was transplanted to my front step, as well as a few greys treefrogs. they usually stick around all summer, filling up on the moths that gather at my porch light which never turns off.