Was in Manitoba last weekend.
Nearing the end of the trip I started feeling shitty about not finding a single snake or lizard or any other cool cold blooded critter anywhere. Then, as I’m getting ready to leave, packing up my tent I notice that under my tent there’s something small and reptilian looking.
Thought it was a small coiled snake at first, until poking it a bit and seeing some tiny feet. After realizing it was a salamander I tried picking it up, and had my heart sink when it didn’t move at all even after being handled. I thought for sure that I must have stepped on it at some point since it was hiding right under where I was walking around getting dressed and such in my tent. Then, a few minutes later it slowly started coming back to life. Was a cold morning so must have just taken a long time to get the energy to wake up.
Of course having a sluggish amphibian in my hands, I took the opportunity to try finding some cool places to set him down and snap some pics! Tried a few things and had him for a good 10 mins before he was fully aware and awake so I put him down and let him scurry off under some logs, probably going off to tell all his buddies about the horrible giant that stole his hiding spot that morning.