Saturday, November 9, 2013

White Spotted Slimy Salamander Great Smoky Mountains





White Spotted Slimy Salamander in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Salamanders seem to warrant very specific descriptive names - in this case white spots and it oozes slime to discourage predators. However, it's a cute little creature and rather shy and slow moving compared to the Blue Ridge Two Lined Salamander, another descriptive name - video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnfFSyM-__c

The Great Smoky Mountains area is the salamander capitol of the world and there is incredible diversity - this blue with white spots, lung-less and three front-toed salamander lives right beside at least a half a dozen other unique salamanders. They tend to hide in leaf litter and under rocks and rotting wood.  I have not noted birds hunting and eating them yet, but I'm sure they do - it would seem the ever-curious and probing Raccoon's might be their biggest predator as it's common to see logs and rocks turned over.

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White Spotted Slimy Salamander Great Smoky Mountains


White Spotted Slimy Salamander