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Thread: Winter herps! A couple Painted Ensatinas from my front yard

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    Winter herps! A couple Painted Ensatinas from my front yard

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    Gorgeous salamanders & fantastic pics! Wow.

    The eye-level perspective is very cool and the clarity of the topside view is incredible. How did you happen to find them?
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    I absolutely love your in situ herp pics. I was a reptile and amphibian breeder for about 15 years and a life long hobbyist. Always great to see these animals in their natural habitats. Especially the salamanders. Populations have seriously declined here in the north east in the last 20 years.

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    Cute little critters! The only salamanders I've ever seen where I am is tiger salamanders, and they're pretty bland to these guys.
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    Thanks guys!

    Ron - Both of these salamanders were under a plastic sheet in the front yard, I think it's to keep weeds from growing or something. But it makes good salamander homes as well!

    Cthulhu138 - Yep, similar story here. With chytridiomycosis wiping out entire populations of endangered amphibians here in California, I wonder how many species we're going to lose in the next century.

    hcarlton - Yeah, Colorado and the Rocky Mountain area in general tends to be pretty lacking in salamander diversity. Not sure why, because salamanders as a group tend to be less dependent on water (for both living and breeding in) than frogs, and there are several species of frogs in the area. :\

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    Stunning photos! I really like the second one. Looks like an inquisitive little guy.

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    Your photos always remind me of my urge to go take pictures of herps. Sadly they are all underground at the moment up here. But at least I can live vicariously through your images. Very well executed, and fantastic clarity.
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    that is a very pretty camera and nice photographer as well. thanks for sharing.

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