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    It's kind of a rare occurrence, but I found two (dead) young salamanders in my barn this week. I think the cats got 'em.

    Every couple of years we'll find one or two, and it's been a while. Sure would like to know where they're coming from! We're in a very dry, sandy area of east-central Wisconsin. There wasn't much of a pattern on these guys. Looked like some very faint vertical stripes on the laterals. The one I found this morning, I think was dead, but wasn't sure. I put it in a cool shady spot under an old pallet and poured a little water on it for moisture. If it's still there tonight I'll try to get a picture.
    Eileen
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    Well, the 2nd one was gone when I got home last night, so either he revived and took off, or something else got him.

    He kinda looked like this:
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    Eileen
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    Rody Jane (cattledog/stinkwad mix), Dixie Moonpie (rattledog) George P-Dog (lab/Great Pyr) 1.2.0, Ringer (barn cat) 1.0.0

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    I know it's been a while since you posted this. I'm new to the forum and stumbled across your post. I figured you should have an answer.
    To me it sounds and looks like you found some blue spotted salamanders. They are prevalent throughout Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region (I'm from this area myself). They are a terrestrial species that lives under logs and often times in small mammal burrows. (They'll actually share space with other critters come winter). If you have a forested or marshy area near your home that would be my best bet for where they live.
    Every spring when it rains they will migrate to a nearby water source to breed and lay their eggs.
    Since you found them in the fall the young and adults are probably finding their own spaces to live and hibernate for the winter.
    Salamanders are fascinating and very secretive creatures. I hope you find more of them.

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