An unusual colored salamander was on the road this morning while I was out walking in the rain. The color of its skin was a yellow ochre. Never have I seen or heard of a yellow salamander, a banana slug yes but not a salamander. Maybe it was a male salamander showing his colors during mating season? It had obviously been hit by a vehicle during the night or early a.m, while trying to crawl across the wet road; there was noticeable bodily damage to it. Another thought, the color change could have occurred post mortem. Who knows?
In this sketch, I included the Northwestern brown Salamander seen frequently in the lowlands of the Pacific Northwest. If you’re out on a walk through the woods, you might see one zipping through or under the ground moss, decaying logs, branches and stumps. Or you might find one underground while digging a small hole or in the bog. They like the cool dark and damp environment.