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Marbled Salamander

Ambystoma opacum

Description:

Marbled slamanders are black with a white pattern. They're very secretive and spend most of their time hiding. They breed in small fish-less ponds and females stay with the buried eggs until seasonal rainfall raises the water table and the eggs can hatch into the pond for development. (Pretty cool.)

Habitat:

Missouri Ozarks, forest, leaf-litter.

Notes:

You really should read the Amphibians and Reptiles of Missouri if you're interested in learning more.

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3 Comments

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 8 years ago

it's fun to catch them ;) this summer i did dig alot in the compost pile in my backyard after bugs and newts :)

sunswimer02
sunswimer02 8 years ago

Thanks! I love herps, and when I worked on this project it was like being a kid in a toystore, so much to see and play with! lol

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 8 years ago

Great pictures sunswimer02!

sunswimer02
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sunswimer02

Ellington, Missouri, USA

Spotted on Sep 18, 2009
Submitted on Sep 21, 2012

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