Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wide eyed and lungless.

This little fellow is a Yellow-eyed Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii xanthoptica), more commonly known as a lungless salamander.  Now and again I'll find an ensatina hanging out by my compost bin, but they are more commonly spotted at the back of the vineyard, behind the barn, living happily under some old planks of wood or logs.  Because they breath through their skin they really shouldn't be handled, so this particular photo shoot was executed carefully and quickly.  Then the ensatina was placed back exactly where he/she was found.  Fascinating little creature.

6 comments:

NHwineman said...

Vinogirl, Excellent photo, U shot some personality here, sharp throughout, and all that's missing is this little fellow eating a poor-little lady-bird, NOT! Maybe an earthworm, what do they eat?

About Last Weekend said...

Wow - that's an incredibly clear photo you've taken there!

Thomas said...

Greta photo.

We get them here too. I bought car insurance for one of them after it came out form under a rock...

Thomas said...

Oops Greta means great!

Do Bianchi said...

he is strangely cute! Right out of the land of Blue Meanies!

Vinogirl said...

NHW: I dunno, but I wish he'd eat those red spider mites that are in the photograph with him.

ALW: Thanks, good camera, not me!

Tomasso: The ensatina and the gecko only share their phylum, Chordata, so the gecko has no copyright infringement issues to worry about...

2B: Yes, except this little fella doesn't have yellow teeth and he's quite fond of beetles :)