I’ve started to see freshly metamorphosed spotted salamanders at Windhover Pond, so all the trouble the adults went through in the spring (from the frigid temperatures to being harrassed by us on the way in) was apparently worth it.
Here’s a picture of a new metamorph. As it grows, the yellow speckles will migrate into the two rows of spots that we’re accustomed to on the adults:
This is a new look for this guy. A picture of the same individual just weeks earlier would have revealed the greener color, tail fin, and external gills of an aquatic larva: