Herpetofauna: One Life's List

Desmognathus ocoee
Ocoee Salamander

Sevier Co., Tennessee
April 25, 2006

"...As I climbed, the rhododendron forest thinned, and in places where the slope leveled off there were grassy wet meadows with rocks and fallen logs. Here I found more Imitators, but these specimens had either yellow or orange cheek markings rather than the scarlet seen earlier in the day. Redcheeks were here too, but they remained unchanged...

"I also found a rather curious salamander, a large one with light mottled markings on the forward half of the body, with a dark and unmarked 'aft end'. I couldn't key it out in the field, or later at home; I had to ask some salamander experts for help. It turned out to be an old adult Ocoee Salamander, Desmognathus ocoee..."

Day Five, The Great Salamander Swing






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