Amphibian nursery: tiny cradles of life at VCU Rice Center
As Anne Wright waded into a knee-deep puddle in the woods, the scene looked drab and wintry.
Mucking about with her net, however, Wright found the unromantically named Pond 7 pulsing with life.
Softball-sized blobs of jelly contained salamander eggs. Inch-long baby salamanders sported gills and tiny feet. A predatory insect hid in a 2-inch brown cylinder made from leaves it had cut.