So i've always wondered how would ambystoma andersoni look like when they morph and i finally found photos and here they are!
i've been so curious being that i own hybrids and morphed axolotls and i love them.
this little guy is extremely beautiful and reminds me of a tiger 😁. photo credits: henk wallays
This is a northern two-lined salamander, eurycea bislineata. continue reading for what i think is an awesome analogy!
amphibians, including salamanders, have permeable skin through which they perform a lot of their gas/liquid exchange (e.g. hydration and respiration). this makes them highly sensitive to disruptions in the surrounding environment. in fact, this species is part of a family called plethodontidae, which means it's entirely lungless! that means it does all of its breathing and hydration through its skin!
anecdotally, i've seen this species in relatively polluted streams. this is weird because, like its relatives, its lack of lungs generally makes it's even more sensitive than other species.
nevertheless, i think this species sets a great example for how we should carry ourselves through life. we should treat everything around us including the environment, as if we too, breathed and drank through our skin! imagine how clean and well cared for everything would be. but also just know that, like this salamander, you too can survive even when life gets a little polluted.
The last couple weeks have been so tough... barely getting out of bed, let alone having energy to care for these guys. even laying in bed, i can't calm my mind enough to sleep... being heartbroken is one of the worst feelings in the world😭
finally got these guys on to a stand and cleaned up yesterday... now i can sit and watch them swim and try and stop my brain from running a million miles a minute... hoping eventually i'll feel like a human again. but for now i will sit here and watch my lotls and try and not cry for like.. an hour.
wish me luck, y'all...