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Location: el dorado county, california
May 5, 2011 8:34 pm
i see these little guys quite often, was wondering on the species,
Signature: adric

Salamander

Dear adric,
This is some species of Salamander, an amphibian.  We couldn’t match the markings on your specimen to any of the individuals pictured on the Identifying California Salamanders website, however it seems most like the Pacific Newts in the genus
Taricha.  Your location in El Dorado County indicates the likeliest species is the Sierra Newt, Taricha sierrae, however, the mottling on your specimen is quite different from all the images on that website.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to confirm or correct us while we are at work today.  The coloration on the individual in this video is the closest to your specimen that we were able to locate in a short period of time.

Ed. Note:  Correction
Ryan wrote in with a comment indicating that is is probably
Ensatina eschscholtzii platensis.  Here is a page from CaliforniaHerps.com that supports Ryan’s comment and where it is indicated:  “Ensatina live in relatively cool moist places on land, and stay underground during hot and dry periods where they are able to tolerate considerable dehydration. They are most active on rainy or wet nights when temperatures are moderate. High-altitude populations are also inactive during severe winter cold.”

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Huge northern leopard frog…
Location: West Shoal Lake, Manitoba, Canada
May 4, 2011 6:45 pm
Hi again – I thought you may like these for your records.
This is the largest northern leopard frog that I’ve seen in my many years of taking photos of nature in my province. He/she was about 4 inches long, and looked like a toad at first sight. I’m sure it’s not a record, but it blew me away. Found at West Shoal Lake, Manitoba, Canada, in the beautiful marsh surrounding the lake.
I have actually seen one eat another of it’s own kind – legs hanging out and all – I think there are records of them doing that, right?
Signature: -M.M.

Leopard Frog

Dear M.M.,
Thanks for sending us your photo of a Northern Leopard Frog.  We do have some Amphibians on our site.  Amphibians are the proverbial ” canaries in the coal mine” when it comes to habitat degradation.  They are often the first creatures to vanish and that has a ripple effect within the ecosystem.  We imagine that a large frog would be fully capable of eating a smaller frog.  We imagine your marsh is a marvelous place.

You’re very welcome – thank you guys for your continued efforts at this important education.  Thankfully photography has brought me to a greater appreciation of even the smallest things.
Have you considered (in all that free time you have 😀 ) creating a similar site for young children?  I mean obviously the current one is great for all ages, but something child-friendly – where they could learn to appreciate bugs a little more?  I think it’s up to every parent and teacher to help children develop an appreciation and awe for nature and skills for taking care of it – when it’s made personal to them, they can often carry that with them for life.  Perhaps the same offering of ID’s where they can post either drawings or photos – and then providing simplified information… Something very colourful and fun…
Just a thought,  thank you again.
-maggie

Dear Maggie,
We have tried to the best of our abilities to maintain a website that is child friendly in the sense that we keep obscenities and other inappropriate content off the site.  We recently had a little verbal sparring match with a reader about our stance regarding not wanting to do homework for students.  We feel that the importance of learning how to do research far outweighs having correct answers.  Kim, who berated us for being rude because of our ethical dilemma regarding “doing homework”, made a very good point regarding children using the internet.  Children may encounter inappropriate content on the internet, and we respect that parents do have the onerous task of trying to moderate the content their children are exposed to, which makes a website devoted to children a questionable endeavor, not to mention that at this point in our lives it is also time and labor prohibitive.  There is one additional obstacle regarding us creating a website devoted to children:  all of the principal players involved in our website are childless, hence we don’t really treat children differently than we do adults.  We realize that children are more inquisitive, but we do not speak down to them and we realize that we may need to explain more complex concepts and define the meanings of words that they have not learned before, but that is also the technique we use with our average reader who wants to learn “What’s That Bug?”  In the end, we don’t think a website devoted to children would be much different than our current website so we cannot justify a duplication of programming.  Thank you very much for your suggestion, but we just don’t believe we are the correct team for that job.

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Manitoba Blue Spotted Salamander
April 13, 2010
Finally I got some photos of our house guest – one of many who live in our sub-basement (covered in root cellar that they stay in during the winter because they do not truly hibernate). This is a rare/uncommon and shy (well okay supposedly!) salamander that not much is known about.  We have seen a few, rescued a couple, this last one from some fresh redicrete.  She is pretty friendly and likes her house – when it’s time for a new meal worm she comes out and stands up and looks at anyone coming in the room she stays in as if to say, “Hey servant food time for the beautiful Salamander over here”.  Like all Sally’s she only eats live food and no you cannot fool her either.
Thought you’d enjoy another lovely critter for your AWESOME GREAT SUPER page!
Take care,
Shanyn Silinski
SE Manitoba
“The most important things in life are NOT things!”

Manitoba Blue Spotted Salamander

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February 21, 2010
Hi Bugman,
I think this beauty is a Parachuting Red-Eyed Leaf Frog. Found him in the vack yard at night.
Jordan
Costa Rica

Red Eyed Leaf Frog

Hi Jordan,
Since we already set up an Amphibian page to house our selfishly self-produced images of a California Salamander, we will also post your magnificent images of what we are trusting you have properly identified as a Parachuting Red-Eyed Leaf Frog.  We will also post that snake photo you supplied in the hope that someone might assist in the identification.

Red Eyed Leaf Frog

Correction
wrong ID on amphibian 2010
January 2, 2011 10:44 pm
hello!
just wanted to let you know the post from February 21, 2010 with the leaf frog or whatever they called it is wrong. It is a good old Red Eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas). What I think is one of the best looking animals on the planet!
cheers!
Signature: Bryna Belisle

Thanks Bryna,
We should try to locate a corresponding link to verify the identification.

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals/creaturefeature/red-eyed-tree-frogs/
here is one from National Georgaphic, though far from perfect, they
are usually on it!
Bryna

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Fishing Spider
July 28, 2009
WTB,
I promised you these a long time ago.  Here are the images of a spider
eating the frog.  It’s a little hard to make out but it is probably a green
tree frog and this is on a leaf of a Sagittaria.  It occurred in our little
nature area, the Kiawah Swamp Garden.  Not sure of the actual type of
spider.  Kinda creepy though; don’t usually consider consumption in that
direction among Phyla.
Here are a couple of other links for your enjoyment.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PZTILeS4jo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFg2-bkjwPg
KICA Maint
Kiawah Island, SC

February 29, 2008
Thanks for checking on this.  We’ve used your site to ID a lot of our
questions already but this one had us stumped.  I’ll have to send you an
image we have of a spider, I’m assuming a fishing spider, eating a green
tree frog.  It was back pre-digital so we’ll see how the scan comes out.
Thanks again for the great work you do,
Norm Shea
Director, Lakes Management

Six Spotted Fishing Spider eats Tree Frog

Six Spotted Fishing Spider eats Tree Frog

Dear KICA Maint,
Thanks for sending these amazing documents of a Six Spotted Fishing Spider eating a Tree Frog.  It is a wonderful addition to our recent posting of a Common House Spider feasting on a Skink.
We enjoyed watching your videos of Alligators.

Six Spotted Fishing Spider eats Tree Frog

Six Spotted Fishing Spider eats Tree Frog

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California Slender Salamander
Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 8:59 AM
Hi,
Love your site. Thought I’d send you some photos of the California Slender for your Amphibian section.
These guys were found in Los Gatos, up in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Cheers!
-NewtHunterDave
Santa Cruz Mtns CA

California Slender Salamander

California Slender Salamander

Dear NewtHunterDave,
Thanks for your lovely image of a California Slender Salamander.  Perhaps we didn’t do enough gardening yet this year, but we have yet to see a California Slender Salamander in our yard in 2009.  Once, upon turning over a board, we found about six huddled together.  Our garden is on Mount Washington in sight of downtown Los Angeles.  It is part of an endangered California Black Walnut endangered woodland, and since our lot faces north, it stays somewhat cool and damp, providing a perfect habitat for these delicate creatures.

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