Spotted Salamander


 

Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum)

Spotted Salamanders are slate colored with two irregular rows of rounded yellow spots on the back from the head onto the tail.  They have numerous silvery or white flecks over the body and the belly is dark gray.  They can reach 8 inches in length.

 Adults emerge from underground refugia during late winter or early spring (February and March) rains and move in mass to breeding pools.  Up to 250 eggs are deposited in gelatinous masses that may or may not be attached to submerged vegetation.  Egg masses are usually cottony white in appearance but some are clear.  Eggs generally hatch in 4 to 6 weeks and larvae transform in 2 to 4 months.

 Spotted Salamanders are the most common species of this genus in the state and occur in every county from the highest to the lowest elevations.

 

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