Unusual winter Woodland sighting

While out and about, walking the Woodland Trail on January 2nd (2021), Jim and Barb McKnight came across a very unusual winter sighting.

At first, they thought that they had spotted a ‘rubber’ salamander until it moved on top of the fresh snowfall beside the trail.

“Talk about global warming,” says Jim McKnight.  “The salamander was at l east six inches long.”

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McKnight subsequently researched the little guy on the Ontario Nature website and determined it was a Yellow Spotted Salamander and, normally, the species prefers to lay their eggs in the early Spring, so it was definitely out of place.

“I actually hoped it was an endangered species that could possibly put a halt to some of the development going on in the wet lands,” he added.

Unfortunately, it is apparently not meant to be.

Spotted Salamander