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