My wife found a little tiger salamader in our yard the other day. Though I’ve lived in this neck of the woods my whole life, I’d never met one of these little nocturnal critters till now. Cute? Gah! It was like holding a baby dinosaur. Grabby little feet, cold as the mud it came from, as placid and incurious as an earthworm. You could hear my little world creak as it expanded to include them.