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Marbled salamander

Ambystoma opacum

Description:

The marbled salamanders lay their eggs in the autumn and the larvae emerge in early spring, just in time to prey on the eggs of other salamander species that reproduce then. The adults do not live in the water but spend their time under logs and in the undergrowth of forested areas.

Habitat:

Mason Farm Biological Reserve

Notes:

The larvae's feathery appendages remind me a little of a girl's pigtails as they swim about looking for food.

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Maria dB
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Maria dB

North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Mar 18, 2015
Submitted on Mar 21, 2015

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