Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Blue spotted salamander - Art by Claudia McGehee

Blue spotted salamander, Ambystoma laterale

Blue spotted salamanders like to hang out in moist woodland areas near ponds. When these little amphibians sense danger, they freeze, raise their tails straight up, and get ready to squirt an unpleasant-tasting liquid at any predator that comes too close. If an enemy grabs it, the salamander releases this defense liquid, detaches its tail—it can grow a new one—and slips away.

Claudia McGehee, A Woodland Counting Book

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