Yeah, that's the "lemon-phase" of I. nebulifer.
. Great potential for captive breeding projects.
Oh, no doubt it's good for amphibs, and so is all the rain. Just, I'm not looking (actively) for amphibs! I like the scaly side of the herping world
Oh, absolutely Anurans are by-catch when I'm really out looking for snakes. I used to ignore them completely, but the more you pay attention to them, the cooler they become.
One of the cool things about them is that you can find them by ear. I like to see how many anurans I can "find" by hearing them. I've found and recorded 10 species calling within an hour of where I live this year, and I still haven't even found Lithobates sphenocephalus
calling. I hope to add a few more if I get over towards Houston one night this week.
You can "find" anurans by ear when they are on inaccessible private land. Can't do that for snakes!
Once you start finding frogs by ear, it is a little addictive, IMHO. There is a whole world of stuff to experience, even for a jaded old herper like me.
There are some species of frog I have heard but never seen in Texas which makes me want to search even harder to find one for a photo (e.g. Lithobates grylio
There are some species of frog that I have seen in Texas, but never heard calling, like Craugaster augusti
There are some species which are almost impossible to find without knowing their calls (e.g. Lithobates areolatus
, Rhinophrynus dorsalis
There are some species which can't be identified unless they are calling (e.g. Gray Treefrogs).
Now salamanders are just plain cool, particularly when you live in TX and they aren't an everyday occurrence.