[Tweeters] Salamander species

Paul Bannick paul.bannick at gmail.com
Sun Oct 24 06:10:05 PDT 2021

Hi Louise,

It looks like a Western Red-backed Salamander *Plethodon vehiculum *to me,
but I would have to see it in better light to confirm.


On Sat, Oct 23, 2021 at 10:48 PM Louise Rutter <louiserutter1000 at gmail.com>

> 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.




> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTs9fLwhj08




> Louise Rutter


> Kirkland

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