[Tweeters] Salamander species

Louise Rutter louiserutter1000 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 23 22:47:01 PDT 2021

Not birds this time, I'm afraid, but the members here cover a wide variety
of nature interests. I found a salamander in my yard here in Kirkland last
week, and I would have expected it to be a northwestern salamander, as they
seem to be the common ones around here. But judging from the Burke museum
site and other images we googled, the proportions of the one I found don't
look quite right for a northwestern and almost like the extra long and thin
Dunn's salamander, which is only supposed to live in the southwestern corner
of the state. It was a very generic dark brown without much in the way of
obvious markings.

I have a fairly short video of it that my husband made (I only handled it
very briefly and then wetted it down again and put it back under the wood
where I found it). Does anyone happen to be or know of any salamander
specialists who might cast an eye over it? This is only the second
Washington salamander I've seen, so I know nothing about the variation
within a species, I only have online photos to judge from.


Louise Rutter


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