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Salamanders at 75 meters

Posted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:46 am
by edfrank
Salamanders at 75 meters
Herpetological Review 41(1), 2010, pp. 58-59
On 23 May 2008 near the Coquille River in southwest Oregon we observed two adult A. ferreus in a cavity 75 m above ground in a Douglas-fi r tree (Pseudotsuga menziesii) that was 78 m tall and 195 cm diameter at breast height (43.1797°N, 123.8122°W; WGS 84). Exposed when a limb broke off, the small cavity in the trunk contained copious amounts of Red Tree Vole (Arborimus longicaudus) fecal pellets. Two days later we photographed what we presumed to be the same two salamanders in the cavity (Fig. 1). Based on the shape of their heads, we suspected they were a male and female.