Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Slender Salamander

Recently I met the creator of Bugsafari and she has shown me some interesting creatures in Southern California.  Before driving to the tide pools in my last blog she lifted up her garbage can and showed me her resident California Slender Salamander (Batrachoseps attenuatus).   Like many of the salamanders in my home state of West Virginia this one is in the Plethodontidae family of lungless salamanders.  Mostly they are found more north of here but there are records for Orange County.
Slender salamanders are noted for having only four toes on their hind feet.

Its face has an alien quality about it, perhaps it is related to the star of the movie Paul, it does live near Hollywood after all.