Commonly Confused Native Species:
Often Not Confused with other Species
Size: A stout and medium sized salamander measuring 2.5 to
4.7 inches in length with a broad snout.
Color: The dorsum is black in coloration with white cross-bands
in males and grayish cross-bands in females.
Cross-bands begin at the head and run down the dorsum
Behavior: When faced with predation adults raise their rear limbs
and lash their tails while releasing toxic secretions as a
predatory defense. Marbled salamanders can be seen
crossing roads during fall rains while migrating to
Habitat: Marbled salamanders are found across the state in
deciduous forest. Vernal pools are used for egg
deposition and larval development. Breeding for marbled
salamanders occurs in the fall.