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pin-pin
15th February 2005, 17:18
Hello all, I'm sure you have all been suffering a horrible deficiency of Taricha in your lives, so I thought I'd oblige.

Found a rather odd coloured male here (He had patches of white):
http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/30993.jpg

The female in the center is in the process of laying an egg cluster.
http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/30994.jpg

It's a bit early in the season, I haven't seen as many eggs as I saw last year--but I'm sure they're just getting started! I'll return for a look in about a month.

anthony
15th February 2005, 18:01
Nice pictures P.

shaun
15th February 2005, 21:15
Awesome pictures! I wish I had wild Torosa breeding within driving distance.

TJ
16th February 2005, 03:52
Great job as usual, Pin-pin!

My desire for Taricha has been satiated...for now http://www.caudata.org/forum/clipart/yawn.gif

jeff
16th February 2005, 21:35
What is it about pictures like these that get me all excited like a kid waking up on Christmas Day? Great pictures!

pamela
17th February 2005, 02:39
Like finding gold! http://www.caudata.org/forum/clipart/happy.gif

pin-pin
17th February 2005, 17:09
Thanks guys and gals, it was indeed quite a lovely surprise. http://www.caudata.org/forum/clipart/biggrin.gif I'm so proud of them, even if I wasn't really a part of their "explosive mating." This pond has never disappointed me.

One thing which was interesting is the cornified toe tips of the males. It's quite distinct, I'll see if I can post it a bit later today.

kim
17th February 2005, 19:09
VERY nice Pin

uwe
21st February 2005, 14:21
Hi Pin-pin,

perfect pictures. We hope to see these in our terraria soon too.

At least this species is not endangered in the wild!

Uwe

tara
21st February 2005, 22:55
PP
Wow, and to think I went all the way to california and only saw a few slenders. By the time I make it back the Tarichas will be gone away, but perhaps the larvae will be out to play.
Tara

pin-pin
22nd February 2005, 18:37
Thank you Uwe! If you do get good news, please share it with us.

I know, Tara, I'm so sad you didn't get to see them in the wild! I've even just saw an A. californiense, can you believe it? Guess they're just masters of hiding until the rainy season starts.

pin-pin
22nd February 2005, 18:44
Ah, about the toe tips--the black tips were only prominent on the males:
http://www.caudata.org/people/apples/Briones_2005/DSCN2435.jpg

Other critters were feeling the love groove as well, some of whom we accidentally interrupted.
http://www.caudata.org/people/apples/Briones_2005/DSCN2441.jpg