Folks, Ol’ Wally spotted a Red-backed Salamander the other day, in the damp mud beside a little pond. It’s a sighting most won’t see this time of year–too hot and dry.
Salamanders, like frogs have got to stay damp, or their skin loses its protective coating of slime. That’s important because this salamander breathes through his skin. Seriously, he doesn’t have lungs, so he has to stay in a wet area.
Despite its delicate look, this salamander is a sharp little predator, coming out at night and feeding on insects and spiders. But I’d hazard a guess he’s been spotted before. This guy has lost something–the tip of his tail. Luckily for him, this old squirrel had a full belly and no inclination to run.