Don’t let the title of this post fool you. To me, Salamander hunting is really Salamander “finding.” I don’t really hunt them. I hunt for them, find them, look at them and then move on. I would never hurt a Salamander. I love Salamanders.
Okay, now that I have that out of the way, I’ve got a short story for you. Remember yesterday when I found the Salamander in the pool? Well, since then, Laura and I have identified it. The one we found appears to be a “Northern Two-Lined Salamander.” Finding this identification wasn’t all too difficult. All we did was search for “Salamander” on Google and then look at a bunch of pictures. When we saw one that looked like ours, we did further research to be sure.
This morning, after I wandered around for a little while, I decided to head over to the stream we have as a property line to look for more Salamanders. I figured that if we had one in the pool, we’d surely have more in the stream. And from what I remember when I was a kid, I knew just how to look for the little suckers. Turn over the flat-ish rocks in the stream bed that are almost in the water. Salamanders don’t really hang out in the water. They like it at the edge.
Unfortunately, this morning bore no fruit. I searched and searched, but just couldn’t find anything. Look, I’ll prove it.
Oh well. I really didn’t expect to find anything. I think it’s still a bit too cold outside. The Salamanders are probably burrowed down in the dirt somewhere. I did manage to find a strange looking worm though. It was under one of the rocks in the stream and it was wiggling all over the place.
After I failed at finding Salamanders, I decided to take a quick walk around the pond. Just the other day, I cleaned some brush from one side. It’s looked fairly decent out there and I wanted to see if anything was growing yet. You know – ground cover. Apparently, there is. We’ve got a good amount of green poking up, along with a sort of plant. A low plant and one gaining height. Here are those two.
If you know what either of these two are, I’d surely appreciate you leaving a comment. I’m always interested in what’s growing around me.
UPDATE: I’ve been contacted by none other than Steve and have been informed that the above plant is Trillium. I do not know what species of Trillium, but thank you Steve!
After that, I walked over to the other end of the pond where there’s a bit more shade. I found some other greenery over there.
And strangely enough, the branches from the Maple tree I cut down over the Winter are starting to bud. I think they may be confused. They should be dead.
Here’s a picture of the pond in all her glory. I am dying to get a raft or a big tube so I can float out in the middle of it. If you have either one of the above and wish to part with it, please let me know. I’d love that.
The baby pine tree picture came from directly across the pond. Right behind those rocks on the other side.
Even though I didn’t find any Salamanders this morning, my hunting wasn’t a total loss. Just about an hour ago (this evening), I was cutting up some logs that were laying in the water. As I rolled one of them about half a turn, the soil under the log became exposed. Guess what I found? Yep, you got it. A Spotted Salamander. I named it Roger. She’s a female.
With the pictures I took this morning, the wood I cut up this evening and the Salamander I caught and released, I’d say this day ended up to be a success.
Reptiles, Amphibians, Invertebrates & Small Pets : Spotted Salamander Facts