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Spotted Salamander

Ambystoma maculatum


Female with egg mass. This species breeds on rainy nights during the cooler months, and large quantities can be observed migrating and congregating in vernal pools.


Vernal pool in mixed pine hardwood forest.

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Noah Fields
Noah Fields 6 years ago

Awesome! Thanks!

LisaPowers 6 years ago

Great pic Noah! :-)

LisaPowers 6 years ago

Congrats! This spotting has been featured as a PN Fact of the Day.:

Project Noah Fact of the Day: Most amphibians lay eggs that are covered in a jelly-like protective material. Usually this is a milky or clear covering as seen in the photo here. But soon this mass will turn green with algae. The spotted salamander eggs provide a nitrogen-rich environment for the algae to grow. In return, the algae oxygenate the embryos, which develop deformities without them.

Spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) spotted in Georgia, USA by PN user Noah Fields:

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Wow! Such a nice moment!

Noah Fields
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Noah Fields

Georgia, USA

Spotted on Jan 20, 2015
Submitted on Feb 2, 2015

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