Salamanders

I found this yellow-spotted salamander after rolling a log in a damp, hilly section of the Kinghurst Forest Reserve (Grey County) in July:

Yellow Spotted Salamander

The spotted salamander eats crickets, worms, insects, spiders, slugs, centipedes, and millipedes. They come out at night to hunt for food.

“Like many other salamanders, adult spotted salamanders have special glands on their back and tail that produce a bad-tasting poison. The bright spotting on these salamanders is a warning to predators of their bad taste and poisonous protection”*.

*Spotted Salamander, 1998, viewed October 15, 2014, http://www.biokids.umich.edu/critters/Ambystoma_maculatum/#ec3ed98d18ef60e0569c883699bfa7bf

 

 

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