|This rain-soaked piece of dead fall provides a cozy home for a native salamander family.|
|Foraging a ways from the entrance to her burrow, a mama Arboreal Salamander.|
|Square toes and prehensile tail distinguish this specie from other salamanders.|
|Very large eyes - the better to see, detect movement in darkness.|
|Uncomfortable by exposure to light and fresh air, she began to retreat to her burrow.|
|Nearby, a tiny movement caught my eye. After taking this photo, I carefully picked up
and placed this baby at the entrance to the burrow. It instantly disappeared inside.
|"I'm outta here!" The second baby was quite a mover -- note its tiny square toes!|
|Meanwhile, mama's had enough too.|
|She could see the second of her babies in the entranceway to the burrow.|
|Zip. She disappeared inside in a flash.
Lungless arboreal salamanders breathe through their skin, emerging from deep burrows during the rainy season, they absorb moisture to sustain them through dry spells.
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