Since water from the ice collects inside the bottom of the cooler, I dump it out...and have found some pretty interesting things hiding under the cooler when I pick it up to dump it. Toads and frogs mostly...until this little dude showed up.
The photo above is what was hanging out under the cooler. A salamander, just chillin. (pun intended)
After some research...it seems to match the description of a "blue-spotted salamander."
According to ohioamphibians.com the blue-spotted salamander is listed as endangered by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. However, according to wikipedia the blue-spotted salamander is listed as "least concern." Maybe this means that as far as the state of Ohio goes...the blue-spot is endangered but not in other states?
Regardless...it's fun to say...hey, I saw an endangered salamander in my yard the other day! COOL!
I've seen a lot of pretty cool wildlife in this here region of Ohio...but this one's a first for me. A blue-spotted salamander. Who knew?
Well, I'm off to find more adventures...until next time...always more to come!