May 27th, 2010, Sussex County Salamandering

Charlie Kontos and I went up to Sussex County for a day of looking for salamanders (and birds, snakes, turtles, etc.) Our big goals were Spring Salamander and Mountain Dusky Salamander. We were successful on one, and questionable on the other. My salamander totals for the day are in the following table:

Red-backed Salamander86 red, 2 lead
Slimy Salamander9
Two-lined salamander6
Red-spotted Newt2Efts
Spring Salamander3My first ever!
Northern Dusky Salamander25
Mountain Dusky Salamander3ID under scrutiny at present
Red Salamander1Well-marked larva, ID uncertain

Other Wildlife:

Redbelly Snake, Snapping Turtle, Wood Frog, Spring Peeper, Green Frog, Pickerel Frog, Black Bear tracks and scat, Blue-winged Warbler (singing very Golden-winged song), Louisiana Waterthrush, Blackburnian Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Ovenbird, Northern Parula, Prairie Warbler, Pine Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Baltimore Oriole, Warbling Vireo, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Acadian Flycatcher


Spring Salamander


Spring Salamander


Spring Salamander


Spring Salamander


Larval (Red?) Salamander


Redbelly Snake


Black Bear Track


Salamander eggs found under a rock in a small stream


(Mountain?) Dusky Salamander


(Mountain?) Dusky Salamander underwater


Spring Peeper


Charlie with friendly Spring Peeper


Snapping Turtle


(Northern?) Dusky Salamander


(Northern?) Dusky Salamander


(Northern?) Dusky Salamander


Blake in salamander habitat


Salamander Big Year Page


Main Salamander Page


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