[Tweeters] Black-crowned Night Heron pix ... What is thecreature
gibsondesign at msn.com
Wed Aug 27 16:23:33 PDT 2008
That is (or was) a Northwestern Salamander ( Ambystoma gracile) one of the most common (and large )'pond'-type salamanders we have in the state. It doesn't have a long ridge on the back -rather an indentation along the spine which may not show accurately in the photo. These salamanders have large poison producing glands just behind the eyes, similar to a toad - so don't try eating one yourself! -
Jeff Gibson, Everett wa---- Original Message -----
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To: Lyn Topinka<mailto:pointers at pacifier.com> ; tweeters at u.washington.edu<mailto:tweeters at u.washington.edu>
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Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Black-crowned Night Heron pix ... What is thecreature it caught?
I am not a herp expert but that is a big salamander this bird has in its beak - and the form is certainly strange (is that a long ridge standing up along the entire length of its back?) Can someone identify the creature for me?
Preston / Fall City, WA
latitude 47 32' 20" , longitude -121 54' 42"
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> Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 07:11:39 -0700
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> Subject: [Tweeters] Black-crowned Night Heron pix ...
> hi groups ...
> I stood for 45 minutes yesterday waiting for the Black-crowned Night
> Heron to DO SOMETHING !!! ... and was rewarded with a "big catch" ..
> early morning, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
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