Streamside Salamander

photos courtesy of Zach Loughman


 

Streamside Salamander (Ambystoma barbouri)

Streamside Salamanders and Small-mouthed Salamanders are sibling species meaning that they are nearly identical in appearance.  Major differences between the two are size and shape of their teeth and different habitats.  Streamside Salamanders generally breed in small fishless streams or in pools fed by such streams.

 Breeding occurs from December to April.  Eggs are deposited singly on the underside of rocks and hatch in 1 to 2 months.

 Like Small-mouthed Salamanders, Streamside Salamanders are a species of western United States that reaches the most eastern point of the range in western West Virginia.  The only known population in West Virginia is in Wayne County.

 

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