Less Daylight Hours and Spotted Salamanders
I did a post almost 7 months ago on the migration of the Spotted Salamander. Each spring these large salamanders come out of the ground and migrate to special mud puddles called vernal pools. It is in these vernal pools where they breed and the females will lay their eggs. It is such an amazing spring time event and who would expect that I would find two of these salamanders crossing the roads during mid October (going the opposite direction?)?
When you think about it . . . . the amount of daylight hours is what helps trigger birds into migrating during the spring and fall months. It is my “assumption” that in the spring the Spotted Salamanders are also using daylight hours to help trigger their migration to vernal pools. Now, what says that the shorting of daylight hours isn’t sending these Salamanders back to their wintering areas?? Did I mention they are mole salamanders and live 3 meters underground? I have no proof and only making an assumption at this point.
Then again, just maybe I am only seeing them moving around this evening because we are finally getting a little rain? But, why don’t I see them moving around like this during summer months?? Any herp people like to put their thoughts on why I saw a mini-mini migration of these guys this evening?
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