Matt lifted one up and said he had to do a double take. He also momentarily thought it must be a toy, but oh no, with a second look he could see the salamander breathing! It was the real deal.
Since the stone heap seemed to be inhabited Matt left a section of the bed covered in stones for our little amphibious neighbor, though we've not seen sight of the salamander in the last couple weeks. Still, even a chance encounter was pretty remarkable. Oh, those eyes! And those fabulous markings!