The beady eyes of a California Pacific Salamander.

Lewis Lubin found this unusual salamander. He wrote,

“My wife and I were removing jubata grass from around our spring box in a creek on our property in Annapolis. We came across this adult California Giant Salamander. It measured about nine inches long, and was incredibly beautiful.”

The beady eyes of a CA Giant Salamander, Dicamptodon ensatus, by Lewis Lubin

This salamander barks if disturbed. Here is a look at the entire salamander, photographed by Peter Baye:

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They have a natural camouflage!

Thanks to Lewis and Peter for allowing me to share their photos with you here.

Fog has made a welcome appearance so it looks like our heat wave is coming to an end. Hooray!

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