Tuesday, July 27, 2010

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.

9 Comments:

At 10:49 PM, Anonymous Dave Syzdek said...

Great. Now it has a taste for human blood. Now we are all in danger.

 
At 3:26 PM, Anonymous RSA Course said...

Oh sure it bites but look how cute it is :)!

 
At 9:34 PM, Anonymous Mike Spencer said...

Hey Jody, someone just showed me your blog and you have some good stuff on here. Did you post the picture of the arboreal with the teeth disply with permission from the photographer? The only reason I ask is because I am the one that actually found the animal and got it to bite while I was showing Val and another friend some of my sallie spots in north of the bay a ways and I'm the one that talked to Gary at Californiaherps and had the images actually posted. I'm just curious if you talked to Val Johnson about posting them or not.

Thanks, Mike Spencer

 
At 11:42 PM, Blogger jody radzik said...

Hi Mike.

You've caught me red-handed. I thought that linking directly to the photo on the site I found it on, and with the photographer's name on the image, that I'd be ok to put it on the blog as an illustration of the toothiness of this particular species. I've encountered these before, but have never been bit, and was taken aback when I saw this image. I'm going to take it down just to make sure I'm in the clear.

--jody.

 
At 10:27 PM, Anonymous SamS said...

Fun article--never knew these sallies existed.

 
At 9:35 AM, Anonymous mike said...

nice article !

 
At 4:36 AM, Blogger Geckostone said...

This is too cute to bite, but very interesting!

 
At 10:35 PM, Anonymous about snakes said...

never knew there were any arboreal salamanders... thanks

 
At 3:37 AM, Anonymous Glenn Webb said...

Hahaha. It's okay if it bites. It so small and cute. I'd love to have it as a pet. It must be easy to take care of.

 

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