It’s time for the California tiger salamander larvae to morph into land dwellers. This past week we finally netted a larvae that had lost it’s gills and taken on the physical characteristics of adult salamanders. This is what we’ve been waiting for so we know the larvae are achieving the physical development necessary to allow them to leave the pond and inhabit the upland.
Here’s the CTS larvae photographed three weeks ago
Here’s a CTS metamorph we caught from the same pond last week. Note that the gills are just stubs at his point. (click on photo to enlarge)