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Ensatina eschscholtzii oregonensis
Oregon Ensatina

Polk Co., Oregon. April 29, 2007

At the end of a big day in the field I decided to head over to a nearby state park and see if I could turn up some salamanders on the forested hillsides. The ground was fairly dry, but on one of the short nature trails I found a small Oregon Ensatina under some bark slabs. I took the little critter's picture, and putting it back I spotted Mama Ensatina.  I detained her long enough to snap a few photographs - this salamander certainly looked different from the ambystomids and plethodontids I see back home. The body, head and tail proportions seemed odd to me.

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