August 09, 2007

Rescued from the sump pit

One of the kids' jobs in the spring and summer is to keep an eye on the sump pit in the garage, to fish out anything or anyone that's not supposed to be in there. This morning Laura discovered a tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum var. melanostictum), which is quite common in these parts of the province; we're at the northern edge of their range. Tiger salamanders are part of the "mole salamander" family, because they stay underground most of the time, often in the burrows of other animals.

Very handsome little beasties, and fast.

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