Thursday, October 2, 2008


When homeschooled kids go camping, there is always something to investigate. These salamanders were discovered under the tents when we were packing up. I found and collected three and they provided great entertainment for all the kids:

"You pick it up!" "EWW!" "There not slimy at all." "I touched it, I touched it!" "Aww, there so cute." "Do their tails come off?"

The older boys wanted to dissect, which was quickly dissauded by the moms. The little ones wanted to take them home because they "must be scared in the woods". And we had one 5 year old in tears because we put them back into the bush and he said "I already love them!"
We did come home and print out some facts about the little things - like they are called Blue Spotted Salamanders and the 'big one' probably wasn't 'mom' and the two smaller ones probably weren't married ;o)
School is everywhere!
For more show and tell, go here!


Tina said...

Very cute! Grew up playing with these awesome creatures ( pacific northwest).

Pam said...

I think I would have turned down the disecting too.
I had to laugh about the young, unmarried salamanders.
You are right, school can be found anywhere!

Canadagirl said...

This is sooooooooo NEAT. I LOVE salamanders. [0= I have never seen a Blue Spotted Salamander before. That is sooooooo cool. I will have the boys and I look at your link today!! Thank you so much for sharing, I LOVED it. hee he on the not the mama and not married, and I love them already. Awwwe how sweet !

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Daddy's Chick's said...

I am by far a BIG Salamanders fan . . they are good pictures. Thanks for sharing & have a blessed weekend.

Blessing Hill said...

They are so cute! What beautiful colors too. I don't know that I would have liked finding them in my tent though. I guess they just wanted to get a little cozy.

Jenn4him said...

Oh, they are so beautiful and tiny! We are planning a camping trip next spring. I hope we find something as interesting!

Mrs. Parunak said...

"School is everywhere." So true! I can always tell a homeschool family because learning happens constantly.

SuzyScribbles said...

I think salamanders ARE TOO slimy. Well...wet anyway. LOL

Now that they've got the salanders in hand, perhaps it's time to move on to slugs.....

Antoinette said...

My kids just love salamanders. I can't say I share the same love affair with them!