Hmmm... I see I need to look more closely at the worms in my compost piles
and in my yards. Transplant worms from purchased flowers across the world?
So far I do not think I saw any dead good worms.
Enjoy Life... Nad R (Garden in zone 5a Michigan)
The usual thing here is to make cairns of stones or bricks loosely
constructed, snakes lizards etc will take up residence in the gaps in
between. As the snakes around here are elapids we don't do this, in
fact the reverse, all piles of rubbish near the house are cleaned up
to reduce their habitat.
a picture would be very helpful if you
can find another one sometime.
my guess is some kind of newt or salamander.
they like piles of organic debris, but from
the description of the head i'd guess
salamander before newt.
Here's a list of the NY Salamanders--\
I can't believe the DEC couldn't put a picture by each one-- but
Northern Spring Salamander
Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander
If their budget hasn't been cut, there used to be some real talkative
herp folks in the DEC in Albany. If you don't see your critter
listed on the Cortland page-- give them a call and try to describe it
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