Creature Feature

Spring, the first warm rain after a long winter of snow, the Yellow Spotted Salamanders emerge from their winter hiding places to make their way back to their birthplace, vernal pools (those filled from spring snowmelt and rain). During this amazing migration the salamanders may travel distances up to a mile. Through forests, meadows and often times across roads these determined little amphibians trek.
Traffic and pollutants tend to be the biggest contender during these migrations. Pollutants from automobiles, road salts, fertilizers and pesticides are absorbed through their thin skin jeopardizing their successful migration to the vernal pools. Their small size and dark colors make them hard for cars to avoid both during day and night.
Those lucky enough to reach these Vernal Pools begin an interesting mating dance. The Yellow Spotted Salamanders will pair up and start rubbing noses with each other while diving to the bottom of the pool, only to resurface. These 'eskimo kissing' sessions can last for hours on end, with hundreds of salamanders per pool. Egg sacks anchored to sticks floating in the pool to protect the eggs during windstorms. Within 3-4 weeks baby salamanders hatch and the life cycle of the Yellow Spotted Salamander begins a fresh.

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