Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Cave and Green salamanders

Cave Salamander, Eurycea lucifuga

At the recent New River Birding & Nature Festival, I was introduced to a sandstone cliff face with interesting inhabitants. Paul Shaw, Jodi French-Burr and I visited one wet night, and were treated to Cave Salamanders (top image) and Green Salamanders (photo follows text). During the day, they hole up in crevices. Commencing about 10 pm, out they come to hunt lesser creatures on the cliff face. Both species are listed as endangered in Ohio and are tough to find here. They become much more frequent to the south. Fayette County, West Virginia, May 6, 2022.

Green Salamander, Aneides aeneus

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