[Tweeters] Salamander species

noelle c noellesculpt at yahoo.com
Sun Oct 24 07:27:07 PDT 2021

I would second that. Pretty commonly found around here, not to say that it is the only possibility; critters have a way of NOT always paying attention to those distribution maps...
On Sunday, October 24, 2021, 06:11:01 AM PDT, Paul Bannick <paul.bannick at gmail.com> wrote:

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> wrote:

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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