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