Around here we have black salamanders with blue spots. I kind of like them. I'm surprised salamanders can live in the desert, I thought they needed to live near water.
I had no idea, intrepid snake catcher that you are, you would be afraid of a salamander! Funny girl!
He's gorgeous! What chic colors & pattern he is! I never heard of tiger salamanders -- we have tiny irridescent blue ones here & I hate it when the cats eat them. Anyway, good job! You saved the homestead again!
My friend in FL had a cat that became partially paralyzed. Her Vet asked if she had a lot of Blue-Tailed Skinks. Yes, she did. Turns out the cat was just eating the tails they left behind when caught by her cat. A poison in the tail color (I guess if she ate enough) caused the problem.
...and I just Googled that post and it may not be true, but something in the tail causes what happened to her cat.
I think he's beautiful. I hope that the hole works out for him :)
You are BRAVE!Laurie
Live long and prosper, little dude.
I always love your dialogue. I may hire you to do a catch and release of a little copperhead living under one of my garden rocks. ;)
Pretty salamander. Ours blend in with lake shores. Not fancy like that.
I'm torn between Eww and Aww. And I secretly sort of hope he comes back just so we get to watch you deal with him again.
First day at a new job and now I have to explain to a dozen new coworkers why I was laughing out loud at my desk during my blog/lunch break...Now I'm the new AND crazy girl... So thanks for that Carson ;-)
Well that made my day! Back in Ohio we had little black ones with red spots that lived in our greenhouse. We weren't allowed to have pets so I would pretend they were my pets. They don't bite and they feel like rubber....really do make good pets.
*lol* I was sure you had found the same one we saw in South Carolina and TN, but when Jim said something about knowing that one..."Yeah, that's the dark one with yellow spots." I had to look him up and saw a difference in habitat. What we had seen before several times was the Spotted Salamander: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/amphibians/spotted-salamander/ ,which still looks like ya need gloves or the snake-catcher pole. Anything that has the same colors as that poison dart frog needs a snake stick or a glove. :) Thanks for my morning smile.
Never a dull moment at the ranch !
The sound didn't work on my computer, so it was fun to watch this in pantomime (especially your gesturing "hey, get in the tub"). If one of these critters ever jumps straight at your face, I will probably pass out!
Oh, I love him, what a beauty! We have many salamanders/newts here in Northern California in the spring when it is damp, but ours have orange bellies, saying do not touch, as they have nasty skin toxins. I never thought to see one in the desert, I hope for you he stays in the hole and takes a nice long nap!Here are some pictures of our beauties: http://trails-and-trials-with-major.blogspot.com/2013/03/creature-feature.html
Barred tiger salamander. State amphibian of Kansas, FYI. Deb
He walked a long way!
YUCK...that was stomach churning grossness.
I echo Farmer Barb's sentiment. How can a gal who wrangles rattlesnakes be squeamish about a salamander! Admittedly, around here they are MUCH smaller and much duller ... Reading those other comments above I was surprised to read about the possibility of toxins on its skin. You DO live an exciting life down there. Never a dull moment!
How cool he went right into the hole!...And I told you the snakes come back cause you are such a good hostess. Very funny dialog
My kids have an Eastern Tiger Salamander as a pet. Pick him up and FedEX him to us! LOL He sure is a big one.
I could handle the salamander but not all these snakes you are having! you are brave indeed. where are all these tiny snakes coming from?
That is a HUGE salamander! I wouldn't want to touch it either!And finding one in the dark with that kind of bright coloring would have freaked me out as well!Job well done!
That salamander is BEAUTIFUL!
Wow! We ave geckos but not salamdanders. Was cool to see him! Hard to believe that with those bright colours there isn't something going on on in the toxin department, but maybe he's just faking it till he makes it!