Time is going by fast. I cannot believe spring is just around the corner and soon everything will come back to life. It is amazing how nature renews itself each spring. It always reminds me of snakes when they shed their skin. It can be dull during the long process but beautiful afterwards.
As a Snake Trapper you already know snake are my favorite animals. But I have also encountered other living creatures that are native to Maryland.
Have you ever really read about Salamanders? They truly are beautiful animals and are native to all areas of Maryland. However, the green salamander is a gorgeous animal and is considered endangered in our state.
The largest family of salamanders is believed to have originated in eastern North America. Salamanders are lungless and breathe through their skin.
The green salamander is black with green or greenish-yellow patches. Their head looks swollen behind their eyes. They are strictly nocturnal (only active at night), and they hide in rock crevices or rotting trees during the day.
When night arrives they climb on vertical surfaces. They eat beetles, mosquitoes and ants. Mating season for the green salamander is between May and August. The female lays a cluster of 10 to 20 sticky eggs which are suspended in a crevice by a short mucus strand.
The female green salamander will coil about her eggs to protect them until they hatch. It takes about 12 to 13 weeks for the babies to hatch. The hatchlings look like a miniature adult.
The green salamander loves damp areas, such as narrow crevices along sandstone. They also can be found under loose bark, rotting trees, and stumps. This species of salamander does not like extremely wet areas, preferring areas that are just damp. There are 21 species of salamander and newts native to Maryland.
Get out and enjoy nature!
Happy Birthday to my mother-in-law Robin. Thank you FMC for being a great management company who treats their tenants with respect.
Tammy McCormack is a Maryland Licensed Professional Snake Trapper. She writes a regular online column for fredericknewspost.com. You may reach her at Marylandsnaketrapper@aol.com.