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Old 10th August 2008   #1
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Default Rescue Advice! Tiger Salamander?

I was cleaning out a room in my newly purchased home today when I opened the window to find a black and yellow salamander curled up in the dirt inside the window well. I watched it for awhile and saw no movement, so I VERY gently touched it with a stick. The salamander moved slightly, but not much. I closed the window back up and tried to ID the salamander using the internet and I THINK it is a tiger salamander. I opened the window up again to check on it and to be sure of its markings. When I opened the window, it turned its head to look at me. We watched each other for awhile. Then it very very slowly crawled into a burrow in the dirt.

I guess what question is this...could the window well possibly be the salamanderís home or do you think itís trapped? The window well is corrugated metal that is around 3 feet deep, straight down. It is under a deck so the area is cool and moist (seems like a good place for a salamander). But I wasnít sure because of the sides of the window well are so deep.

I honestly donít know much about salamanders and I want to make sure this one is ok. Any advice or info (if it can get out of the window well on its own) would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!


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They are often found in window wells. However, once its in the window well, it probably won't be able to get back out.

If you're concerned about its wellbeing, I suggest removing it from the window well the next time it's raining and putting it in a sheltered spot close by (preferably in the woods, under some cover).

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