I’ve been told these little creatures don’t get in to the river, they just lay their eggs in the muddy pools of mud on the south side of Riverside Drive between The Meadow and Pony Pasture. Rex Springston of the Richmond Times-Dispatch made note of the salamanders annual rite of passage:
Secretive but popular, the spotted salamanders emerged from underground Monday night and crawled to pools along Riverside Drive to breed.
“Pretty much a consistent stream of people came by” to see 20 to 40 swimming and cavorting salamanders, said Ralph White, manager of Richmond’s James River Park.
“I saw one of the largest salamanders I have ever seen,” White said. “It looked like a small Gila monster.”
More salamanders could crawl to the pools — providing a good viewing opportunity — if we get rain as expected tonight or Sunday night, White said.