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I'm new here, just wanted to share some pictures from the field.

Newt and salamander season is picking up here in the central valley of California. I should have some updated and better pictures of A. californiense soon. In the meantime, an old pic (resized way too at some point) of a cali tiger:

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This next one is of one of our most attractive salamanders in the Sierra Nevadas, Ensatina eschscholtzii platensis. It's a very old pic from my old camera. My goal this year is to locate and photograph the platensis x xanthoptica hybrid that occurs naturally in my area.

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I'm a big Ambystoma fan. Finding Ambystoma macrodactylum sigillatum in the northern portion of the sierras, was a real treat.

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Here's one of my better Sierra Newt - Taricha torosa sierrae shots. You could easly find 200+ sierra newts in one afternoon during the month of March. That's if you cared that much to see that many....

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Oh, and a little bit of fun with Fire-Bellied Newts....

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High quality shots David



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David those shots are great, I especially love the colours of the fire bellied newts.



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Exceptional pixs David!



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Welcome to the site and thank you for sharing those wonderful photos. I am curious about the California tigers - how does one go about legally photographing them - do you need a permit and if so how is one acquired?



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Welcome to the site and thank you for sharing those wonderful photos. I am curious about the California tigers - how does one go about legally photographing them - do you need a permit and if so how is one acquired?
Legally, you're not even supposed to search/hunt for the CTS, by definition of "take" under the Federal Endangered Species Act. Let alone touch one, or pose it for a picture!

Permits are issued by CA Fish and Game to anyone conducting surveys on the CTS. Though, it's not JUST anyone who gets these permits. There are a few organizations and corporations that conduct survey's on the CTS.

I just happen to know a few people that have such permits.



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I dream of having that belly shot printed on wallpaper and applied all over my house. I suppose I have strange ideas about interior decorating. Terrific pictures, thanks for sharing!



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Very, very beautiful pictures.



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Hahaha...maybe you do! Thanks for the compliment.



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Your pictures are awesome. You should definately enter the photo competition.



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Your pictures are awesome. You should definately enter the photo competition.

Thanks for the compliment and the suggestion. Other than my Sierra Newt shot and some Southern Long-Toed Salamander shots, I really don't have many other decent Caudata pics. I've focused primarly on snake photography, though this past year I've leaned towards taking pics of amphibians.

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Haha @ tomato frog! Excellent! (although I hope no frogs were harmed in the making).



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What great pics very creative with the subjects



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David---Great to see you posting here...I've seen your posts elsewhere. Your photography is really nice....what is your flash setup like?

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yea, they're really good, I love that frog just after the tomato frog



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