Photos / Smallmouth Salamander
These salamanders live well out of human sight under fallen logs and rocks. In late January and February, on cold rainy dark nights only, they try to trek across 31st Street seeking shallow ditches to lay their egg clutches out of reach of fish and other predators. Many are crushed even though they cross well after most traffic has ceased after dark. Save the Wakarusa Wetlands organizes "salamander rescues" when conditions are sufficiently miserable to call forth these three or four inch long harmless creatures.