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Webb
12-02-2018, 03:18 AM
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My son and I spotted this Salamander tonight. I first thought it was an earthworm but when we shined a light on it we realized it was a salamander. I have never seen one this late in the season and have never seen one that had such a long body and tail with tiny legs. After searching Google for Salamanders common in Western Pennsylvania, I think it is a Wehrle’s Salamander.

digital_noise
12-04-2018, 10:18 PM
Im in the Bay Area in California so its pretty mild here, but I see two kinds in our yard, usually after rains. The arboreal salamander and the california slender salamander. Neither seem to be bothered by the temperature, but again its pretty mild, maybe 40's at night compared to what you see in PA

Webb
12-05-2018, 01:55 AM
Im in the Bay Area in California so its pretty mild here, but I see two kinds in our yard, usually after rains. The arboreal salamander and the california slender salamander. Neither seem to be bothered by the temperature, but again its pretty mild, maybe 40's at night compared to what you see in PA

We have already had stretches of several days with the temps below freezing, including highs. But it rained all day Saturday with a high around 55.

digital_noise
12-05-2018, 04:44 AM
I will add that when we bought our house, it was previously owned by this old Romanian dude who was there for a very long time. He was obviously on a fixed income, and did minimal upkeep. We had to total foundation replacement and when the structural engineer and I were under the house assessing things, it turned out that there were a lot of arboreal salamanders living down there. I knew the foundation replacement would kill them all so I went under there and caught the all, roughly 65 of the things and called a herp re-locator to take them up to Napa county and release them. It was only after that (thanks to the internet) that I realized how nasty of a bite they could inflict. I never got bit, and I just scooped them up bare handed and put them in a bucket, but there were some huge males with pitbull like jaw muscles. By contrast the slender salamanders are like dry worms lol

Webb
12-05-2018, 01:53 PM
I will add that when we bought our house, it was previously owned by this old Romanian dude who was there for a very long time. He was obviously on a fixed income, and did minimal upkeep. We had to total foundation replacement and when the structural engineer and I were under the house assessing things, it turned out that there were a lot of arboreal salamanders living down there. I knew the foundation replacement would kill them all so I went under there and caught the all, roughly 65 of the things and called a herp re-locator to take them up to Napa county and release them. It was only after that (thanks to the internet) that I realized how nasty of a bite they could inflict. I never got bit, and I just scooped them up bare handed and put them in a bucket, but there were some huge males with pitbull like jaw muscles. By contrast the slender salamanders are like dry worms lol

So I looked up Arboreal Salamanders on Google. Their teeth are crazy!!! Yikes!!!

MikeWhalen
12-05-2018, 02:29 PM
yet another reason to stay the %$#^ away from any snake like looking critter!

:)

Mike

digital_noise
12-05-2018, 04:51 PM
So I looked up Arboreal Salamanders on Google. Their teeth are crazy!!! Yikes!!!

I know right? Who would have known. They are so docile and cute with their big eyes lol..

Webb
12-05-2018, 04:56 PM
I know right? Who would have known. They are so docile and cute with their big eyes lol..

Nice and cute until they take a chuck out of a finger!!!