This is another of the salamanders I managed to find on my quick trip down to southern Virginia. The Peaks of Otter Salamander is only found in the Peaks of Otter region along the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is distinguished mostly by it's many gold/brassy flecks on its back. A very cool salamander! This Saturday I will be leaving to travel down to North Carolina on a long vacation, and won't be back until Friday. Similar to last spring's trip to South Carolina, my primary focus will be on reptiles and amphibians, with a bit of landscape photography thrown in. I will also be bringing my kayak and am looking forward to paddling back into some deep swamps! I'll try to update from the road, but if not, I'll see you when I get back.