Thursday, May 15, 2003

Yellow-spotted Millipede

A forest walk today with Aine and Finn, Caitlin and my parents was very productive. We walked the Killarney Lake Loop Trail, which in the past has been great for slamanders, frogs and other interesting vertebrates. This trip, we added a few new things to the list.

First off, the Yellow-spotted Millipede. We get smaller millipedes around here fairly commonly, but I've never seen one of these before. They are fairly common, black with yellow spots on the side and when threatened they curl up and release very small doses of cyanide, which makes them smell like almonds.

Shortly after finding that we saw the first of two Northwestern Salamanders. This was followed up by our first Red-Legged Frog of the season.

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