Three-lined Salamander (Eurycea guttolineata)

I photographed this species for the first time a couple of days ago at a park in the southern Piedmont of Virginia. Pictures, mine included, just don't do these guys justice. They are large and strikingly beautiful in person. Unfortunately, they are just about impossible to photograph! I found 7 of them before I managed to get some pictures. Upon lifting a rock where one is hiding, they will flip and flop like crazy until they land in the stream, gone forever (to me). The Three-lined Salamander in this photograph actually let me photograph him as I removed the rock. I would have preferred a different setting, but as soon as I touched him he did the same routine as all his previous buddies. I'll definitely have to get back there to get some more images of this awesome salamander.

Three-lined Salamander (Eurycea guttolineata), Virginia, United States.