Migrating Salamanders 2015

Another sure sign of spring! That makes three exciting things this week; the other two being the courtship flights of the woodcocks, and the emergence of the cellophane bees.

The salamanders migrate from the forest, where they overwinter, to the water, where they mate, early in spring.  I blogged about them last year in the Great Salamander Meander, although I photographed them in a different location this year.

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The Spotted Salamander, Ambystoma maculatum

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Heeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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You can’t see me!

I found a second species this year, the Jefferson Salamander (Ambystoma jeffersonianum).

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Jefferson Salamander

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Hiding!

The other cool thing about this year’s salamander hunt is that we found them in a shallow pond, swimming around. The salamanders mate in shallow ponds like this. The males leave a package of sperm called a “spermataphore” and the female picks it up with her cloaca. So, biologists are pretty much the only people you will hear exclaim, “Oh look! Sperm!”

Yeah, we’re weird.

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6 thoughts on “Migrating Salamanders 2015

  1. Pingback: Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) | standingoutinmyfield

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