I was on my second garden bed for the day. I estimated I had 5 more rows to dig up, when suddenly..... (cue "Jaws" music)
I dug up a Tiger!
A Tiger Salamander, that is. Oh, and yes, this little lady gave out a little girly sort of squeal (and then ran to get the camera!)
This wasn't my first encounter with the species. I caught one in a trap when we lived in Black Forest. I was amazed that a critter I associate with moist, dank places actually lives in the arid area of Colorado. Both of the salamanders I encountered were in burrows. It seems that they move in when rodents move out. Hooray! This is great news! My voles may have already decided to move on!!!
And, I guess there are worse things than digging up a Tiger Salamander......
|I placed the salamander near a hole in another part of the garden.|
He happily slithered and slipped into the hole.
See his tail?
.... digging up half of a Tiger Salamander!