adventures in nature

slimy things love rain

Ah!! The rains are here in abundance, and everything on the land rejoices!

The snails, slugs and salamanders have come out.

California slender salamander / Alameda County CA

(yes, that is a quarter next to this tiny being)

The California slender salamander is from 7-13 cm in total length. They breath exclusively through their skin! Because of this, it’s always a good idea to handle them minimally (or not at all) – also, some species of salamanders actually have strong neurotoxin that if ingested can kill a human (California Newt). The California newt secretes tetrodotoxin, which is 100 times more potent than cyanide!

I must admit they’re kind of cute. They have muppet-like four-toed feet on those tiny little legs, and do more slithering than walking.

California slender salamander / Alameda County CA

California slender salamander / Alameda County CA

This small garden snail has a shell that looks like it is made of pure gold.

A slug on a budding flower was doing its thing – the yard at night is magical after the rains!

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