Sunday, April 13, 2008

It all started innocently enough ~

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Sally [DOT] Spotted my HUBBY
Yup Sassy Sally in her Slinky, tight fitting Faux poky DOT Swiss ‘OUTFIT”
OR was it the other way around…???????????????????????
No matter it happened in that hole in the earth…


SUBMARINE areas… yes indeedy.
~~ Hubby called for me to take a look and his new find…
~~ There she was SALLY in all of her glory
~~ Let me introduce your to Sally [Dot] Mander
In the area of Sarah’s Pond we have post holes already dug to accommodate
fencing to keep the ducks out of the Koi pond.
Low and behold in one of the holes was Sally

Eventually, after it was obvious she needed assistance getting out…she was ever so
gently released into the small stream that we refer to as the “Dreen”.
I was weed eating in that area and I kept a close eye on her as she slowly regained
her strength and gently swam away to safety.
Spotted Salamander Ambystoma maculatum
She was large and maybe SHE was responsible for the Glutinous Glob in the Koi pond .
Spotted salamanders require
woodlands with ponds for breeding. Petranka (1998) states that mature deciduous forest is the main habitat
type for the spotted salamander, but Minton (1972) also makes note
of mixed hardwood habitats.
Vernal pools are very important for breeding.
Fish free ponds are best,
but Figiel and Semlitsch (1990) found that larvae may
change habitat usage to survive in ponds containing fish.

Then there are their HABITS! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Check this site about Sally but there is more…you can see the Plants and Animals of Your Area!


Misty Dawn said...

I LOVE this post! We used to see Salamanders in Kentucky all the time... all different colors, and I thought they were SO cool. Sally is definitely a beauty with her yellow spots. Your narration of this post made is SO fun!

Thank you SO much for joining Camera-Critters. It means so much to me, and I can't wait to see your post next week!

i beati said...

she is indeed dressed up=Durchmans breeches a favorite

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Ahh, this is a great photo. I love the yellow polka dots!

Lilli & Nevada said...

What a neat post and so much information about sallymandor too cute

Old Wom Tigley said...

Hi Dee
This is a great post, which such good info as well.. we don't have these beauties over here... I wish we did.

Picturing of Life said... is little bit scary for me, the first and second photos. But great shots.

Mine in here Thanks

Katney said...

A wonderful find!

The word verification says puktv. I wonder if that is an editorial comment.

Skittles said...

Great picture and wonderful details about them. :)

DeeMom said...

Katney you are a Hoot…”The word verification says puktv. I wonder if that is an editorial comment.” Sure let it be Editorial more fun that way ey?

Seriously you all, I was just sitting in front of the PC this a.m. wanting to post the pictures of the Awesome Salamander. I got tickled and had such FUN with the post…it was not until I began visiting TOM that I even knew about the Critter thing…

Ummm I thought, why not, Most of the posting will not be quite as pftern because the weather HAD turned nice, until today at 36 degrees.

Um I thought I usually do take pictures of critters and flowers etc………..ummmmmmmm right up my alley…

SO here I am…for as often as I have time…
I shall endeavor to comment on as many participants as humanly possible..

Glad you like Sally…I will note that her rescue was using a rounded plant steak so she would not be harmed…AND the need NOT to touch her as she might bite…

Bottom line she is well and off to do what Nature intends her life to be.

Living on a mini farm we see lots of THINGS… ;)

Thanks to all that have commented…

david mcmahon said...

Lovely series - you can see the sheen on the body, too.

Ki said...

Wow, I wish we had a salamander around here. I was surprised to see a frog in the pond last week. It must have overwintered in the bottom muck.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Sally is a beauty for sure! Thanks for the science lesson. ;-)

Tammy said...

My husband loves looking for salamanders in the pond with our kids. He's a nature freak and loves talking to them about nature.

Stacey Huston said...

LOl , Love the tight pokadot outfit.. LOl thanks

Anna said...

Sally is pretty. I don't think I've ever seen one of these, unless in the zoo. I'm glad she was rescued and safe.

Kostas said...

Splendid post, with very good photographs and marvellous comment!

Alyssa said...

How very neat! I haven't seen a salamander in years. Sadly a loss and habitat and pollution has lessened their numbers around here. They seem like such a fragile little creature.

Your post on Dutch Man's Breeches was so pretty. I have never seen them in the wild. How lucky you are.

Mike said...

Neat pics of the salamander. I'm seeing lots of neat pics of different critters while visiting those who participate in the Camera Critters meme. Good post.

Andrée said...

are you going to keep the eggs and see what hatches? that is going to be fascinating! i can't wait to see what happens.

Stacey said...

LOL, I adored the little limerick there--looks like a little skirt I once wore!

I'm not sure I'll ever want to touch one, but it was fun reading the wealth of information YOU had! Happy CC

Gattina said...

Very interesting ! Salamanders look like mini crocodiles but they are cute !

cocabixinhos said...

GreAT and interesting series!
Thanks for sharing.

Heart of Rachel said...

Please pardon my late visit. This is a very interesting post because very rarely do I see a salamander.

Great shots. I love how made it like a fun and exciting story. It's very kind of you to help that salamander out of its predicament.

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Great pictures & layout - I love salamanders!