Today has been absolutely beautiful--sunny, warmish, a touch of fall in the air. So miraculously, I got off my ass and finished mulching the herb garden. While I was moving wheelbarrows of mulch around, I discovered what I think was one of these. At first it looked like a strip of old wet rubber tire, but then it moved. I picked it up in a plant pot and moved it to safety.
Lizards, as much as I love them, are an everyday occurrence here. I probably saw three or four of them this morning alone (on the car, on the steps, in the garden, etc.). But a salamander! That's some weird nature.