Slimy salamander

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I am not sure if this northern slimy salamander was keeping still to avoid attracting attention or because it had given up the ghost. My herp-savvy sources report that this critter's secretions under threat are actually sticky, not slimy. Suitably illuminated, the specks can iridesce; my subject offered no such spectacle. Plethodon glutinosis Herpetology consultant: Billy B PA ยง4, near Reservoir Road