Scouting and flipping for amphibians can help ease the distress, but only so much. Maybe I need to treat this kind of herping as a weak medicine, best taken often.
On Sunday Mike and I headed to a large park to the west of Philadelphia for some basic rock flipping. I was hoping to find a red salamander (Pseudotriton ruber), and so I focused on rocks and debris around this kind of seep:
We found none, but we did see some more common salamanders. Here's one of the omnipresent redbacks (Plethodon cinereus):
Here are the two most common streamside/streambed salamanders. First a two-lined (Eurycea bislineata) that wouldn't sit still:
...and here's a dusky (Desmognathus fuscus):