March 24th Salamandering

I visited a wildlife management area in Sussex County to try to find some salamanders. I've been to this location many times in the last few years and had good success, so I thought a relatively warm day toward the end of March could be productive. I arrived a little after 9 a.m. (after a nearly three hour drive) and immediately started looking for salamanders. Water levels were high, but most of the best habitat was still above water. It was a successful trip, with 5 salamander species (99 individuals) seen in a little less than 7 hours.

Red-backed Salamander
70
59 red-backed, 11 lead-backed
Red-spotted Newt
19
11 adults, 8 efts
Spotted Salamander
6
Jefferson Salamander
2
Four-toed Salamander
2

Other Wildlife: Eastern Garter Snake, Eastern Ribbon Snake, Spring Peeper, Wood Frog, Pileated Woodpecker, Green-winged Teal, Eastern Phoebe, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-tailed Hawk. I found an owl pellet (Long-eared (?) shape and consistency) with a Microtus skull in it.


Four-toed Salamander

Spotted Salamander

Jefferson Salamander

Adult Red-spotted Newt

Red-backed (leadback morph) Salamander

Eastern Garter Snake

Eastern Ribbon Snake

Four-toed Salamander

Spotted Salamander

Red Eft (Red-spotted Newt)

Jefferson Salamander

Pileated Woodpecker

Spotted Salamander

Red Eft (Red-spotted Newt)

Green-winged Teal (bad picture morph)


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