This morning in Oakland’s Lakeside Garden I found two adult Aneides lugubris salamanders with their clutch of eggs, which were suspended from the roof of their nest chamber under a large stone. Both adults were present, watching over the eggs, which hatch in the fall. These are common salamanders in our area, and despite their name of “arboreal” salamanders, we rarely find them climbing. More often than not, they’re under logs or creeping about on the ground.

One adult Aneides guarded the clutch of dangling eggs.

One adult Aneides guarded the clutch of dangling eggs.

One adult salamander was nearby.

One adult salamander was nearby.

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