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Oregon Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii oregonensis)

Created: June 1st, 2021 - 04:25 PM
Last Modified: June 1st, 2021 - 04:25 PM
Entered by: Sheila Hane
Record 346227
Country:
United States
State:
Oregon
County:
Lane County
Time:
2021-05-30 21:00:00
Qty:
1
Age:
Adult
Sex:
--
Method:
Visual encounter
Habitat:
trees, grass lawn and bordering shrubs/ground cover
Body Temperature:
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Air Temperature:
65.00F
Ground Temperature:
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Humidity:
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Sky Conditions:
Clear
Moon Phase:
Waning Gibbous
Elevation:
500.00ft
Barometric Pressure:
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Notes

Heard our cat cooing on the back patio and went out to investigate. She had a salamander on the slate patio and was tapping it with her paw. I took it inside and showed it to the rest of the household, then released it in dense ground cover (vinca and St Johns wort). Highly unusual to see a salamander in a dry residential yard in Eugene OR. I am kicking myself for not taking a photo. Size : ~2.5" snout to vent. Shape: thin and gracile, long thin tail, prominently bulging eyes. No obvious glands behind the eyes. Coloration: reddish-brown dorsal side, dull orange-tan underneath. No stripes, mottling or patterns visible.