Warning! Not for the Faint of Heart! Salamander Missing Its Tail

One of the challenges of cat companionship is the predatory nature of the feline. All cats, from the great big tiger to the little house cat love to hunt. Today I caught Maxwell “playing” with this poor salamander. About the only defense mechanism in the salamander’s arsenal is its detachable tail which this fellow, as you can see, used. At first I thought Max had killed it, but apparently it was playing possum. When I took a second look, it had escaped into the grass. I hope it survives its encounter with the mighty hunter.

Maxwell looking ever so cute and harmless
Salamander after its encounter with Maxwell without tail.

Published by Russell Smith

I was born at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. I find inspiration in the lives of so many people from Joan of Arc to Oscar Wilde. While my primary avocation is photography, I also enjoy philosophy, theology and most of all, history. My beloved wife, Robin Anne Smith, who passed away in 2013 is an inspiration to me. My beloved partner, Dana is also a great support and inspiration to me. I'd be remiss if I did not mention my cats: Maxwell, Nigel, Pirouette and GarGar.

6 thoughts on “Warning! Not for the Faint of Heart! Salamander Missing Its Tail

  1. I have had similar encounters with these cats. Now one is outside that I had been keeping indoors only but the asshole snuck out on me and I’m not in any shape to chase him. I hope he doesn’t stray too far because he has on a calming collar and I’m not sure it’s a breakaway.

    1. Does he like catnip? I’ve had good luck with luring my little runaways with that. I just dropped the pouch on the ground, they came running, and I scooped them up! 😺

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