Jefferson Salamander Complex   

Ambystoma jeffersonianum Complex
 

State Listing: Special Concern

Jefferson Salamander
Jefferson Salamander
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Jefferson Salamander Venter
Jefferson Salamander Venter
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Jefferson Salamander Long Toes
Jefferson Salamander Long Toes
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Vernal Pool Breeding Habitat
Vernal Pool Breeding Habitat
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Jefferson development 2
Jefferson development 2
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Jefferson Salamander Metamorph
Jefferson Salamander Metamorph
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Commonly Confused Native Species:

 

IDENTIFICATION

 

Size:                   A  long and slender salamander measuring 5 to 6.5

                            inches in length with a wide snout, long toes, elongated

                            limbs and laterally flattened tail.

 

Color:                 The dorsum is brownish-gray to dark brown in coloration

                            with blue/silver flecking or foxing on the legs and sides

                            of body.       

 

Behavior:          When faced with predation adults raise and lash their

                            tails while releasing toxic secretions as a predatory

                            defense.   Jefferson salamanders can be seen during

                            the early spring on rainy nights migrating to breeding

                            pools.

     

Habitat:             Jefferson salamanders are found in deciduous forest

                            west of the Connecticut river.  Vernal pools are used for

                            egg deposition and larval development.