People's Park Amphibian
07/18/2010 @ 12:43:07 PM PDT
I found this Aboreal salamander (Aneides lugubris) while working in a garden adjacent to People's Park in Berkeley, CA. It lived among the discarded hypodermic needles of the drug addicts that habituate the park. I moved it away from the fence to the other side of the garden, picking it up with cupped hands, which was the right way to do so. I didn't know it at the time, but it turns out that these things have a mouth full of nasty-looking teeth and they are sometimes liable to bite if you grab them.