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Spotted Salamander   

Ambystoma maculatum

Commonly Confused Native Species:


  • Often Not Confused with other Species



Size:                   A robust and large sized salamander measuring 4.7 to

                            7.8  inches in length with a broad snout and laterally

                            flattened tail.


Color:                 The dorsum is grayish-black in coloration with two

                            irregular rows of bright yellow spots down the dorsum

                            and tail.  Spotting is likely used as a defensive warning



Behavior:           When faced with predation adults may raise their backs

                             or headbutt their attacker.  Toxic secretions ward off

                             predators.  Spotted salamanders can be seen during

                             the early spring on rainy nights migrating to breeding



Habitat:              Spotted salamanders are common throughout the state

                             in deciduous forest. Vernal pools are used for egg

                             deposition and larval development.


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