Re: NANFA--Off Topic: Ambystoma tigrinum

Jay DeLong (
Thu, 05 Jul 2001 22:04:16 -0700


>As far as use as bait, they are probably not used much. My experience with
>A. maculatum is that fish will shun them like the plague. I always figured
>it was because they taste bad or something. Anybody with have contrary
>Ranger Bob

The northwestern salamander Ambystoma gracile will excrete a white liquid
from glands behind its head when alarmed. It must taste nasty to a
potential predator. Do other Ambystoma do that?

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA
"If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do 
not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? 
To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering."
  -- Aldo Leopold (1953) 

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