Thursday, August 11, 2005
Yes, I saw a salamander yesterday, in the shed. I can't remember when I last saw one; it must be several years ago, at least. The shed floor looked awfully dry for a salamander, so I tried to catch it in a little dip net that just happened to be lying nearby, but it crawled under some junk so I had to leave it. Why didn't I just grab it? I almost did, but then I remembered hearing that human hands are hard on salamander skin (something about salts, I think). And of course salamanders use their skin to breathe. When we were kids we used to pick them up and examine them closely - I hope they didn't suffer too much.