I’ve never seen one of these critters before. It’s somewhat reclusive, coming out only at night in the warmer wet spring mating season. I almost stepped on this Yellow Spotted Salamander on the trail. Finding it on a wet but very cool day in daylight was a huge surprise. It was not in its proper environment.
When I picked him up he was pretty frozen. The warmth of my hands brought him back to life. No doubt he was enticed to begin his spring migration to the mating pond by a stretch of warm weather and heavy rains. Had these conditions prevailed he would be in ideal circumstances. Instead he had been mislead and was now in a precarious place. After a cell phone photo shoot I gave him a leaf bed and a better chance for survival.
Finding this giant salamander in the wrong place at the wrong time was reminded of Psalm 1:1-2.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. (NKJV)
This little monster may be the local king of the salamanders, but he greatly endangered himself and was found vulnerable standing frozen in place. Seek out God’s path for righteousness in His Word, the Bible, and your being will prosper (vs.4).