Spot the salamander!

Matthew Cobb found this “spot the salamander” tweet (it’s a hellbenderCryptobranchus alleganiensis), and I had a hard time with it. Can you spot it? I’ll put the answer below the fold (click on “read more”):

Click below to see the amphibian:

See the eye?

12 Comments

  1. Posted August 29, 2017 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    I don’t know.

    The “rock” to the right in the middle looks more like a salamander. I think I can make out eyes on each side of the head and indentations that look too coincidentally symmetric.

  2. GBJames
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    I don’t think that red line is in the right place.

    • Posted August 29, 2017 at 8:24 am | Permalink

      Yeah, I think you’re right. I’ll fix it.

      • Ken Phelps
        Posted August 29, 2017 at 8:32 am | Permalink

        “Spoken like a gentleman”

        /Python Cat License

      • GBJames
        Posted August 29, 2017 at 8:36 am | Permalink

        A much better red line!

  3. Ken Phelps
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Hmmm. I’d picked the one with two eyes just to the right of the red circle.

    • Posted August 29, 2017 at 8:31 am | Permalink

      You are RIGHT. See new photo.

      • Ken Phelps
        Posted August 29, 2017 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

        Neat article though. I have to confess that if I were to encounter one of these while in a creek, I would probably wet myself, 56 degree water or no.

  4. Paul S
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    This is the first one I got right away.

  5. rickflick
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    That’s simply amazingly adapted. The rust color in the rock could be iron oxide or other minerals or some kind of algae. I wonder if part of her secret of concealment is that the same algae growing on the rocks is growing on the animal’s skin? If not, she’s evolved her wardrobe to be perfectly matched.

  6. David Coxill
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    I got it straight away when i embiggen it ,the eye is a dead giveaway .


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