Friday, 12 December 2014

Bell's False Brook Salamander

Image: Sean Michael Rovito
Pseudoeurycea bellii
Wow! What a beauty!

Image: Sean Michael Rovito
Bell's False Brook Salamander is found in the forests of Mexico, up to 3,000 feet above sea level.

Image: Sean Michael Rovito
They reach up to 36 cm (14 in) long, making them one of the largest terrestrial salamanders in the world.

Image: Sean Michael Rovito
Females lay large eggs that are thought to hatch directly into miniature adults. They don't need lakes or ponds or rivers at any point in their life. All they need is a snug, damp burrow, or a bit of space under a stone or log and they're dandy.

Image: Sean Michael Rovito
That's not the only thing that's dandy. Just look at them! It's like a lizard made of oil got run over by a car and lived to tell the tale. Looks good on 'em!

6 comments:

Porakiya Draekojin said...

too cute! the orange pattern really does look good on them, too.

TexWisGirl said...

adorable and sleek!

Crunchy said...

They have a puffy tail! Is that something common to salamanders (or big fakey fakester salamanders?) that I just haven't noticed?

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

@Porakiya Draekojin: Yeah, those orange tread marks are fantastic!

@TexWisGirl: Definitely!

@Crunchy: Not common in all salamanders but it is a characteristic of this species. Pretty weird!

Unknown said...

3,000 FEET above sea level. Not miles. They'd be space salamanders.

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Whoops! Thanks for the tip!

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