Four-toed Salamander


 

 

 

Four-toed Salamander (Hemidactylium scutatum)

Their rusty brown back, white belly with black spots, constriction at the base of the tail, and 4 toes on the hind feet easily identify Four-toed Salamanders.  They are small reaching about 4 inches in length. 

 Males inhabit forests throughout the year while females are more frequently observed near nesting sites such as fens and other pools of water.  Eggs are deposited in April and May in hummocks of sphagnum moss in fens and occasionally in other species of mosses associated with water pools.  A single female lays about 40 eggs but several females may lay eggs in communal nests resulting in several 100 eggs per nest.  Larvae transform in 9 to 10 weeks.

 Four-toed Salamanders occur throughout the state.

 

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