|This spotted salamander was discovered by lifting a piece of tin adjacent to an old barn located in an open field.|
The best time to encounter mole salamanders, above ground, is during the winter migration. Edge staff have witnessed this migration occurrence as early as mid December and the activity is usually over by late February. Locating a vernal pool during a warm and rainy day in late December or early January, will provide the best opportunity for seeing some of these reclusive salamanders. The salamanders are usually very active within the pool and can be viewed swimming in the usually shallow waters of the pool. Rarely are mole salamanders visible walking above the leaf litter during the daylight hours but may be visible walking above ground during a dark and rainy night.
|Mole salamanders are not usually visible above ground during daylight hours. The spotted salamander pictured here was removed from a trap where he paused for a photo before returning to the water.|
Posted by: Rich McCarty