|Yellow-Eyed Ensatina Salamander
|Felled trees, rotting logs are common debris on forest floors.|
|Decaying tree limbs and trunks are often hollow inside.|
|Perfect habitat for native salamanders like the Yellow-Eyed Ensatina.|
|Lungless, the Ensatina breathes by absorbing moisture through its skin.|
|It's body swells as it absorbs moisture until it
resembles a water-filled balloon.
|The Yellow-Eyed Ensatina's eye and skin coloration is a survival adaptation.|
|To ward off predators, it evolved to resemble the California Newt.|
|But unlike Newts, the Yellow-Eyed Ensatina
is nocturnal and exceedingly shy.
|Avoid handling. Residue on hands can be toxic to this fragile creature.|
Extremely sensitive, Ensatinas retreat far underground if they
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