Aneides flavipunctatus Black Salamander
Subspecies I've seen:
A. f. flavipunctatus
Speckled Black Salamander
A. f. niger
Santa Cruz Black Salamander
Aneides flavipunctatus flavipunctatus Speckled Black Salamander
Jackson Demonstration Forest, Mendocino County, CaliforniaJuly 18, 2001
Speckled Black Salamander (Aneides flavipunctatus flavipunctatus)
I was lucky to find this salamander under a big log, because the area was extremely dry, more suited for the alligator lizard and fence lizards that I saw nearby. It really didn't want to pose for me, and kept plodding for cover, but eventually it sat still for a few seconds and I got a decent shot.
Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, Napa County, CaliforniaMarch 30, 2002
Speckled Black Salamander (Aneides flavipunctatus flavipunctatus)
This young salamander was found in the usual salamander place -- under a log. It was something of a consolation prize after my friend Bruce Schneider and I had spent a very long day of hiking hoping unsuccessfully to find Mt. St. Helena Mountain Kingsnakes to admire and photograph. (Bruce went back the next weekend and did find one.)
Lake Sonoma Recreation Area, Sonoma County, CaliforniaFebruary 13, 2010
Speckled Black Salamander (Aneides flavipunctatus flavipunctatus) Speckled Black Salamander (Aneides flavipunctatus flavipunctatus)
On the hunt for Red-bellied Newts, I found a few other salamander species, including several of these black salamanders.
Lake Sonoma Recreation Area, Sonoma County, CaliforniaFebruary 14, 2010
Speckled Black Salamander (Aneides flavipunctatus flavipunctatus)
Very young Aneides flavipunctatus flavipunctatus are often flecked with green or gold. This tiny tot was less than an inch long.
Aneides flavipunctatus niger Santa Cruz Black Salamander
Uvas Canyon County Park, Santa Clara County, CaliforniaDecember 5, 2004
Santa Cruz Black Salamander (Aneides flavipunctatus niger) Santa Cruz Black Salamander (Aneides flavipunctatus niger)
Thanks to Fred Harer, I found this young Santa Cruz Black Salamander by looking under bark and stones in a muddy seepage. We had come to primarily look for California Giant Salamanders, but took a little time to hunt for this subspecies that I had not yet seen. The closeup shows the little bits of debris that one usually finds clinging to a mud-dwelling salamander. The salamander took a brief bath in the salamander spa before posing for the glamour shot on the leaf.
Uvas Canyon County Park, Santa Clara County, CaliforniaMay 29, 2005
Santa Cruz Black Salamander (Aneides flavipunctatus niger)
My friend Fred Harer uncovered this salamander in a mucky seepage along the stream that flows through this park. Another day, another salamander poised on a leaf.
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