For most of the year, spotted salamanders hide under rocks, logs, and leaves or in underground animal burrows. But on rainy nights in the spring, the candy-bar-sized amphibians creep from their hidey-holes and hike to fish-free ponds for a pool party. There, boys look for girlfriends, and girls lay lots of jellylike eggs. Tiny babies hatch from the eggs a month later and spend all summer underwater growing into adults.
Angie Daly Morfeld