We’re switching things up a bit! We don’t have a day devoted to our amphibian friends, so we’ll be turning Reptilian Tuesday into Amphibian Tuesday every once in a while. Today’s adventure takes us to California to find one tiny and cute amphibian! So let’s put on our hiking boots and watch our step!

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ensantina salamander   Range/Habitat: Western U.S-Canada/ forests

   Diet: Carnivore: worms, ants, insects

   Length: 2 ¼-3 ¼”

   Conservation Status: common



Fun Facts:

  • Ensantina salamanders live under leaves and logs on the forest floor.
  • They have long legs.
  • Ensantina salamanders’ colors vary by their habitat.
  • They are nocturnal.
  • Ensantina salamanders lift their tails when threatened and emit a foul secretion.
  • Ensantina salamanders lay their eggs under leaves. Baby salamanders are born directly from the eggs.

Salamanders are so stinking cute! They live in all kinds of habitats! We especially think it’s cool that these little guys have a stinking defense mechanism!

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4 thoughts on “AMPHIBIAN TUESDAY

  1. Those little guys are so cute and shiny. I wish I could lick them. Just one lick, I promise. I love foul secretions!

    Hugs and cuddles,

  2. They are really cute! Almost like gummy worms, but they don’t sound very tasty. There is an endangered species of salamander that lives in Barton Springs here in Austin, TX. Of course, I can’t remember its name…

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