Jefferson Salamander


 

Jefferson Salamander (Ambystoma jeffersonianum)

These relatively large, slender salamanders may reach a length of 8 inches.  They are brown or gray and may have small bluish flecks along the sides of the head, trunk, limbs, and tail. Their belly is lighter gray, especially around the vent.  Extremely long toes help separate them from other species in this genus.

 Adults remain underground until late winter or early spring (February and March) when they surface at night during rainfall events and move in a massive migration to breeding pools.  Twenty-five to 30 eggs (up to 200 eggs per female) are deposited in clear gelatinous masses and may or may not be attached to submerged vegetation.  Eggs usually hatch in 2 to 4 weeks and larvae transform in 2 to 4 months.

 Jefferson Salamanders probably occur in every county.

 

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