Amphibians are the canary in the mineshaft, warning-systems for deteriorating ecosystems and yet this species was found in the former-landfill, Union Bay Natural Area, in January 2013. Nestled beneath woody debris and in hibernation mode, it was accidentally discovered by a volunteer during a work party to remove Himalayan blackberry. Why isn’t this one “red-backed”, you ask? That’s because although most commonly having an orangey-red dorsal stripe, this species occasionally presents a yellow one instead.
What a great find!