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Long-Toed Salamander

Ambystoma macrodactylum


A mole salamander in the family Ambystomatidae. This species, typically 4.1–8.9 cm (1 3/5–3½ in) long when mature, is characterized by its mottled black, brown and yellow pigmentation, and its long outer fourth toe on the hind limbs.


This particular salamander lives in the window well of our home. They are typically nocturnal and found under leaf litter and other items in damp, dark areas.

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Maksym Birdspotter
Maksym Birdspotter 9 years ago


amazing vid!

CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Great video. Don't blink and you will see the movement of its eyes which is awesome! Congratulations! Cool salamander.

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 9 years ago

Congratulations Jeff

mrbroadcaster1971 9 years ago

Thanks for sharing! Great spotting!

JeffStreifling 9 years ago

Thanks to all again!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Great spotting! Congratulations!

Congratulations Jeff! 9 years ago


Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

Congratulations. Lovely spotting. I love that color combination. I had my swimsuit in those colors. :)

LeanneGardner 9 years ago

Congratulations Jeff! Cool little Salamander :)

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 9 years ago

Congrats :)

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

and excellent magical video,

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Congratulations Jeff ,,,,

NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

great spotting, Congratulations Jeff !!!

KarenL 9 years ago

Congratulations & welcome to the Community Jeff!

JeffStreifling 9 years ago

Thanks everybody, Steve Lenz guided me here. Off to the Jarbidge Wilderness for an interview tomorrow - may find some interesting things. It's certainly one of the most remote areas in the lower 48.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Great shot and video
Congratulations Jeff

Steve Lenz
Steve Lenz 9 years ago

Awesome, Jeff! Off to a great start!

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 9 years ago

Great photo and video! Congrats for the SOTD!

Yasser 9 years ago

Jeff, welcome to the community and congratulations for earning your first Spotting of the Day! Thanks for sharing so many awesome wildlife spottings in just your first day.

"The body of the long-toed salamander is dusky black with a dorsal stripe of tan, yellow or olive-green. This stripe can also be broken up into a series of spots. The side of the body can have fine white or pale blue flecks."


Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Welcome to project Noah, JeffStreifling. It is so trippy how this guys eyes go into his head when he swallows. That's what it looks like is happeneing anyway at :08 on your video.

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Boise City, Idaho, USA

Spotted on Oct 1, 2012
Submitted on Oct 1, 2012

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