March 26-April 1
The first warm rains of March, if they last into nightfall, entice scores of amphibians to forest pools – where they mate, lay eggs and return home in a week or less.
The Spotted Salamander, surfacing for air (as seen here), had labored across a dangerous rural road to its remembered pool. “Home” is an underground forest burrow – roomy enough for its 7-inch lodger.
This spotted salamander has affectionally been nick-named Snoopy.
For more information on these creatures, see the links below:
http:// www.massaudubon.org/ Nature_Connection/wildlife/ index.php?id=58
http:// www.adirondackguide.com/ articles/ article.asp?ArticleID=31