Aneides- the Climbing Salamanders

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Aneides- the Climbing Salamanders

Post by Zach_Lim » December 14th, 2015, 12:01 pm

Hey everyone,

Just wanted to swing by and share some shots of Aneides that I have taken recently (besides the SC Black) that I rather like. This genus has become my favorite local salamander to find and photograph.

Please share your Aneides photos!

Thanks for looking!

Speckled Black Salamander - Sonoma County, CA

An 8 mile hike through oak grassland, redwood creek canyons, and rock out crops leading to the Russian River produced 3 flavi flavi. This was the largest and prettiest!

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Arboreal Salamander - San Mateo County, CA

Just a large Arboreal from under one of my boards! Can't get enough of them!

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Santa Cruz Black Salamander - Santa Cruz County, CA

Older shot from exactly a year ago. My favorite herp shot of all time.

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I really want to see A. hardii and A. aeneus. I have a really poor shot of vagrans and still need to find ferreus!

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Post by cbernz » December 14th, 2015, 4:23 pm

The only Aneides species I've seen:

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A. aeneus from western VA.

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Post by MonarchzMan » December 14th, 2015, 6:46 pm

I've found a number of Aneides aeneus in Mississippi, and only just found my first A. vagrans (juvenile) a couple months ago in California. I'd love to find more of them. They're such neat animals.

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ImageWandering Salamander by J.P. Lawrence, on Flickr

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Post by AndyKraemer » December 14th, 2015, 10:55 pm

Aneides are the best, and you can't beat the straight-up adorableness of the juvis!

ImageAneides aeneus by Andy Kraemer, on Flickr

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Post by intermedius » December 15th, 2015, 10:15 am

In Situ Aneides aeneus I found this August from West Virginia:

ImageGreen Salamander by Justin (NoNameKey), on Flickr

Was a sublime experience.

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Post by El Garia » December 15th, 2015, 12:25 pm

Here's a couple of hatchling specimens from the Aneides that Zach featured above. Both species are covered with metallic-looking flecks while young. With both species, these flecks disappear over time.


Juv. Santa Cruz Black Salamander
ImageAneides flavipunctatis niger by Mo'o, on Flickr


Juv. Arboreal Salamander
ImageAneides lugubris by Mo'o, on Flickr

Adult Arboreal Salamander
ImageAneides lugubris by Mo'o, on Flickr

-Derek

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Post by jonathan » December 15th, 2015, 12:32 pm

I've found all the west coast species now (including iecanus), but I seem to take spectacularly bad photos of this genus. My post of life history observations of the West Coast Aneides is here.

Would love to find the New Mexico and Appalachian forms someday, but doubt that's ever going to happen.

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Post by Zach_Lim » December 15th, 2015, 1:27 pm

Here is a horrible cell phone photo of "iecanus" that I found earlier this year when my girlfriend and I visited her hometown up in Shasta County.

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Post by Rich in Reptiles » December 15th, 2015, 3:55 pm

Great post, Zach! The huge heads of aboreals are pretty unbeatable! I can't wait to come back to CA and finally find some Ensatinas and other Aneides! This year I was blessed to see a nesting female green salamander ;) When you ever come to TN/AL area I would be happy to show you a couple reliable spots for greens.

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Post by mfb » December 18th, 2015, 5:58 pm

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I am a big fan of Aneides lugubris. I used to do research on pacific chorus frogs in the ca coast range and saw many arboreal salamanders. One lived in a crevice in a tree next to the research station, and would stick its head out on foggy, rainy nights. Too bad they don't live in Ohio!

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