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Oregon Ensatina

Ensatina eschscholtzii ssp. oregonensis


Medium-sized, smooth-skinned salamander with 12-13 costal grooves and a distinctive constriction at the base of the swollen tail. These are lungless salamanders conducting respiration through their skin, and the tissues lining their mouths. They have four toes on the front feet and five toes on the rear feet.


I found this one heading down a paved road (pic 3), so I moved him or her to a safer place off the road. There was coniferous forest nearby with creeks and wetlands.


The genus Ensatina originated approximately 21.5 million years ago.

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Brian38 2 years ago

Thank you Ashley for the nomination.

Brian38 2 years ago

Thanks WilliamsFamily for commenting.

AshleyT 2 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

The GeoDex
The GeoDex 2 years ago

Cute little guy!

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Duvall, Washington, USA

Spotted on Nov 6, 2018
Submitted on Nov 7, 2018

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