Night of the Salamander

I live in a somewhat unusual neighborhood in that it is almost entirely surrounded by the Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, which is owned and operated by the Massachusetts Audubon. Some odd things happen here.

Last night Christine Turnbull, the Sanctuary Director, invoked her power to shut down the road that passes through the Sanctuary to allow the annual salamander migration to occur. The temperature was about 45 degrees and it was wet -- perfect conditions for the spotted salamanders, red efts, and spring peepers to make their way across the road to the vernal pool for a big Spring bash.

My wife and I took a very careful, flashlight-lit stroll down the road with camera in hand. Here are, in order, a spotted salamander (about 5-6" long), a red eft (about 2" long), and a spring peeper (about 1" long).

spotted salamander

red eft

spring peeper


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