Small salamander run at Windhover Pond this past Monday

We ended up capturing 45 salamanders on Monday night, putting us over 100 for the year.

The animals in the video (sorry for the zoom, I underestimated the quality of the non-zoomed picture) below got to breeding shortly after I released them. All of the individuals are actually males here, but females soon joined the action and a decent swarm formed eventually. Notice the individual who stops and shuffles his hips back in forth; these behaviors are not well-studied, but he may be searching for spermatophores from other males to cover with his own. Also notice the tail-waving, this may be to disperse his scent through the water.

There should be eggs in there pretty soon!

Wrong species dude (not to mention gender!). He was really holding on; it took some effort to pry him off of there.

Wrong species dude. He was really holding on- it took some effort to pry him off.

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About Scott Thomas

I'm a graduate student seeking to contribute to our understanding of how ecology, evolution, and their interplay contribute to the abundance and distribution of animal populations. Since 2011, I have been a part of the Niewiarowski Lab, where I help run a long-term demographic study of an Ohio breeding population of spotted salamanders.
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One Response to Small salamander run at Windhover Pond this past Monday

  1. scelop says:

    nice video. Are you still hearing chorus frogs?

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