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Wildlife and Other Sightings: Sierra Ensatina

July 26, 2012 Posted by: PU - Mather District Interpretive Ranger

Sierra Ensatina
Ensatina eschscholtzi
    
Sierra Ensatina (salamander) 
July 2012
Hodgdon Meadow Campground

While turning a log in Hodgdon Meadow campground (for a bear foraging demonstration on a ranger-led program), a Sierra Ensatina salamander was revealed. These salamanders stay hidden deep in or under moisture-holding, decaying logs. The log was quickly placed back in its previous position to maintain the special habitat that this salamander needs to survive. A lot of Yosemite animals depend on the unique micro-environment and shelter of fallen logs and branches for their survival.

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