Larval California tiger salamanders (Ambystoma californiense) at a vernal pool complex in Sonoma County, California. Adults spend their lives underground, only emerging on a few rainy nights every winter to breed in seasonal pools. They are listed as vulnerable by the US government; the populations in Sonoma and Santa Barbara counties, separated from the rest of their species since the Pleistocene, are federally endangered. These individuals were netted for monitoring purposes, under the supervision of permitted researchers, and swiftly returned to their pools. It was one of the greatest thrills of my life to handle them.
Lovely boys stay inside and dance in the rain