I checked some spots which have yielded spotted salamanders and others before to other field herpers but this was my first excursion. I did see some shallow pools but after staring into them for a few minutes I saw no movement. The pools did seem like they had a thick layer of leaf litter on the bottom, do larvae typically hide in the leaf litter? I figured that was the case but still expected to see some larvae out and about. How long before the vernal pools are devoid of salamander larvae? Are the breeding adults likely to be around? Perhaps under logs or leaves?