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help ID baby lizard!

Postby Zoey » Sat May 01, 2010 12:20 pm

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I live in Southern CA, and I found this little guy in my back yard underneath some dead sod. Anyone know what kind of reptile this is?

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Re: help ID baby lizard!

Postby babyelvissocute » Sat May 01, 2010 12:57 pm

do you live near a pond or anything? looks like a saladmander
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Re: help ID baby lizard!

Postby melissa102787 » Sat May 01, 2010 1:15 pm

Looks like a red back Salamander. It is an amphibian, not a lizard :)

I wouldn't try keeping it, they need a moist terrarium( don't put it in water, it cannot swim well at all). And they eat tiny bugs. I keep some salamanders and i have to mist them everyday and buy special food for them.
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Re: help ID baby lizard!

Postby Maldesto » Sat May 01, 2010 1:33 pm

yeah its a salamander..
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Re: help ID baby lizard!

Postby Zoey » Sat May 01, 2010 2:57 pm

A salamander? That's weird. No water anywhere nearby, but I do water the small patch grass in my backyard everyday. He was keeping nice and moist under a patch of dead sod. I think I'll put him back where I found him....I'd feel bad if he died in my care. I really don't know how to take care of a salamander.
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Re: help ID baby lizard!

Postby Twobeardieguy » Tue May 04, 2010 1:56 pm

Put him near a creek.
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Re: help ID baby lizard!

Postby Zoey » Tue May 04, 2010 4:05 pm

I put him back under the sod where I found him last weekend. I looked for him the next day, but did not see him. It's a mystery as to where he came from, I guess. It's usually very dry around where I live.... creeks are scarce. Although it had been unusually rainy and wet this spring. Our backyard had flooded. I hope the little guy made it OK. :(
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Re: help ID baby lizard!

Postby melissa102787 » Wed May 05, 2010 11:28 am

As long as he finds moisture, he will be fine :)
I grew up in CA and found them all the time under rocks and boards. Sometimes no where near ponds or creeks. That particular salamander is terrestrial and not aquatic.
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Re: help ID baby lizard!

Postby Twobeardieguy » Wed May 05, 2010 7:18 pm

I am sure he or she is just fine! :wink:
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