On the second day we went to a spot that we had found tons of Blue-Spotted Salamander metamorphs before although with it being so much later in the year we were only able to find one. Next was a spot for Northern Two-Lined Salamanders which were much more abundant with five individuals found including a rather large one that almost looked gravid with eggs. Most of the salamanders dove into the water as soon as they were uncovered making it impossible to pursue. Heading back to the car we crossed paths with someone carrying a small plastic critter keeper who said he was “catching the lizards in the creek”. He is of course referencing the Two-Lined Salamanders as there are no actual lizards in the area. The Two-Lined Salamanders are protected under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act making it illegal to poach this species without a permit. Because the land is protected and the species is confined to a small amount of waterways in the region we called both the MNR and the CRCA to alert them that this population is being poached. Next we went to a forested area to look for salamanders and possibly Ring-Necked Snakes. As we walked towards the forest we came across a tiny Snapping Turtle hatchling, still with its egg tooth. Because there was no water for quite a distance we relocated him to where there was water further down the path. In the woods we found roughly twenty Lead-Backed Salamanders including a tiny one that looks like it had recently hatched. We also found a Dekay’s Brown Snake and on the last flip there were five Lead-Backed Salamanders, one Red-Backed Salamander, a Red Eft and a Yellow-Spotted Salamander metamorph.
On the way back to Peterborough we stopped at one spot for Musk Turtles to try and finally get a photo of one. Although we didn’t find any (likely due to the first frost in the morning) we did manage to find a Lead-Backed Salamander, a Painted Turtle, many Bullfrogs and a DOR Dekay’s Brown Snake.