Friday, June 18, 2010


We don't have any poisonous snakes in this valley, no chiggers, no ticks, and actually, there are no snakes or reptiles of any sort here. No turtles, lizards, or alligators! There are, however, toads, frogs, and salamanders. As well as I can tell,  we have one species of each family. The western walking toad, the red-legged frog, and a spotted slamander. I don't see the little salamanders very often, and the frogs are not very vocal or numerous, but the toads are found in abundance, -- and they come in a variety of colors, as you can see from the photos below. We do have many mosquitoes, black-flies, and other biting insects, so I am very grateful to the toads.

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