Despite it being December, the temperature today was at a high of nine degrees so I thought I would at least try to find some salamanders as this would be my last chance of seeing any terrestrial herptiles until next year. I headed to one of my favourite spots where I usually see tons of Blue-Spotted Salamanders. By the salamander spot there is a rocky area where I often look for snakes. I flipped a few rocks there first as I have found salamanders there before and within the first few flips was a large Unisexual Mole Salamander. It did not have any blue spots but instead had some grey on its dorsal flanks and a rather pointed snout making me believe that it could be a polyploid. If I did not know better I would have thought it was a pure form Jefferson although it is many miles out of the way of their range. I then checked the wooded area where I often have success but turned up nothing. I did however flip a pack of darts which I thought was odd. The forest there has within it a wetland which is a popular breeding spot for salamanders and the forest surrounding it is often filled with metamorphs during the spring. This old growth forest is unfortunately under threat as the university is planning on destroying this 100+ year old forest so that the university can grow. This means that the salamander population will likely become extirpated from this forest which is unfortunate as I do not know of anywhere in Ontario with such a large population density of these protected animals.
I'm Mac Marzolini and I created this blog for a variety of reasons, the first of course is to open a window into what is happening in my life (cause my grandmother reads this), but also to help myself catalogue some of my favorite photos from my many adventures.