To my great delight, there were many healthy beautiful larvae on the edge
The females come to the dry vernal pools in the early Fall. They lay their eggs under the leaves and logs, and then protect them until a rain comes and fills the pool back up. They then leave and head back to where they live. The eggs hatch and the larvae develop over the Winter and are quite large by Spring. They will prey on the smaller Spotted Salamander larvae that hatch in the early Spring.
Nature never fails to fill my heart. Just as I think I’m thru seeing amphibians for the year, I find these amazing little creatures. I’m so grateful to out there hiking.
By: Nature Girl