Aneides vagrans — Wandering Salamander
This cute little guy is just a baby. Baby salamanders tend to look more alike than adult salamanders, so it wasn't clear to me what species this was when I first ran across it. Later I learned that the brassy colored patch on the snout and tail is a giveaway that this is a baby Wandering Salamander.
Wandering Salamanders weren't classified as a separate species until recently, so they don't appear in too many books yet. Formerly they were grouped with Clouded Salamanders (Aneides ferreus).
- Corkran, C. C., Thoms, C. R. 1996. Amphibians of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia: A Field Identification Guide
- Petranka, J. W. 1998. Salamanders of the United States and Canada
- Stebbins, R. C. 2003. Peterson Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians, Third Edition