Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Found herpetology.

Red Salamander, Pseudotriton rub(b)er.

This beauty was in a bin at a Gap store. Its copyright belongs to the Tennessee Aquarium according to the imprint on its ventral surface, which also says it was made in China. It is perched on the cut end of a Noble Fir Christmas tree from about 5 years ago. Why I keep such things (the tree-bit I mean) I don't know.

5 comments:

Coastcard said...

Not quite the real thing? Love the photo!...

spinyurchin said...

Well, if you hadn't kept that end bit, he would have nothing on which to lurk.

Matt Sarver said...

Awesome - I have this same little Pseudotriton at home. Don't remember where he came from, but he lives on an end table!

Hugh said...

Cc, Cute eft!

Spiny, yes, that must be why. (Habitat preservation.)

Matt, How funny. Something so universally appealing deserves a place of honor.

Garden Lily said...

Ha ha, I can relate to the tree bits (they are called "cookies") from our last few Christmas trees. Good (or bad!) thing that my husband is a pack-rat just like me. 4700 sq ft house with lots of closet and cupboard space - and still running out of room!

I would have happily bought that salamander from a bin any day. Nice!