The Gottlieb Native Garden

a california love story

The Gottlieb Native Garden is a flourishing ecosystem belonging to Susan and Dan Gottlieb, friends of flora and fauna and devoted environmental philanthropists. With more than 100 hand-selected plant species and hundreds of animal species, the backyard is a National Wildlife Federation-certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Xerces Society-designated Pollinator Habitat.

Slender Salamander

When first encountered, this small thin salamander might look like a worm - until you notice that it has tiny limbs! We found this individual while exploring the GNG at night after a steady rain.  Slender salamanders are active during periods of wet weather, and do most of their foraging above ground at night. They retreat underground whenever the soil begins to dry out and will normally remain underground the entire summer.

Garden Slender Salamander - Batrachoseps major major