Salamanders - what to do?

edibleplease(z9 CA)March 5, 2006

Hi,

I was moving some bricks in the yard and under the last ones, were 3-4 very small salamanders. I'm so excited (it's the small things!), but they are hardly moving. Could they be hibernating? Dying? Should I try to carefully pile the bricks back around them? We live in a summer-dry area of California, so are they doomed anyway?

Thanks wildlifers!

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catherinet(5 IN)

Hi edibleplease,
You live in such a different climate from me, I've afraid to give my suggestions.....but since no one else is, I'll do it. I think they were hibernating, so I think I would cover them up with something less weighty.....you don't want to squish them. Maybe some leaves or straw?? Or a clay pot that has a broken section or a hole in it??
That is so cool that you have salamanders. I wish I had those! Good luck!

    Bookmark   March 6, 2006 at 11:14AM
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Elly_NJ(NJ z6)

I think you should put them back exactly as you found them.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2006 at 9:43PM
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huachuma

Edible,

What area of California do you and your salamanders inhabit? There are some very slim species of salamanders in the state known collectively as Slender Salamanders, (genus Batrachoseps), that almost look like worms with tiny legs. Otherwise it could be the young of any species.

Salamanders do quite well in the dry-summer California areas; they just go deeper into existing burrows and under debris. They are generally active only during the wetter months of the year but get lethargic like yours were in very cool winter weather.

I agree with Elly; put them back where you found them and they should do fine..

Mike

Here is a link that might be useful: Slender Salamander distribution

    Bookmark   March 10, 2006 at 6:44PM
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todancewithwolves(Z9 CA)

Mike is right. I have them also. They are most active in the summer when temp's are warm. They hide under anything dark and damp.
Congratulations BTW!

Edna

    Bookmark   March 10, 2006 at 7:16PM
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