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Two young spotted salamanders. They're still small and their spots are still forming. Adults are much larger with very distinct yellow or yellow-orange spots. A. maculatum is one of the species you'll see making spring migrations to mate in fish-less ponds in the forest. We had a few ponds that we checked out and we counted over 20 individual salamanders in one dip-net. These two young salamanders were found later on in the year when they were leaving the ponds after metamorphosis. Found when I worked on the Mofep Project.
Missouri Ozarks, forest, leaf-litter and pond-shore. I found them more often in areas that flooded after rains, or on hillsides that were near ponds.