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A friend of mine was interested in drawing salamanders and invited me to join her at the Conservation Foundation headquarters at McDonald Farm in Naperville, IL.  We were set up with Elmo, a large tiger salamander, who hid under a log and looked very matte and dirty.  After he was given some water and food, he started moving around more and it was interesting to study his spots and anatomy.

Tiger salamander Salamander eating © 2016 Karen A. Johnson

Tiger salamander
© 2016 Karen A. Johnson

Salamander eating © 2016 Karen A. Johnson

Salamander eating
© 2016 Karen A. Johnson

Then he started shedding his skin and he brightened up and was much shinier.  I was able to video most of the time that he shed his skin and it was fascinating to watch.  Here’s the link.

Tiger salamanders are native to our area so we’re going to try and find some once spring rolls around.

It was fun to try and sketch him.  Here are my attempts…enjoy!

Tiger salamander page 1 © 2016 Karen A. Johnson

Tiger salamander page 1
© 2016 Karen A. Johnson

Tiger salamander page 2 © 2016 Karen A. Johnson

Tiger salamander page 2
© 2016 Karen A. Johnson

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