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Marbled Salamander

Ambystoma opacum

Description:

Grows up to 4 inches. The body is short stout. Color is black with with grey, silver or white "marbled" stripe.

Habitat:

Wood area where vernal pools will appear.

Notes:

The Marbled Salamander part of the Mole Salamander family. Thus their name they spend over 90% of their life in burrow. Breeding takes place in the late fall early winter. Females lay over 100 eggs, under logs and leaf litter where vernal pools once water is in the vernal pools. This give the Marbled Salamander a huge advantage, they eat the other salamander eggs and larvae.

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NickAsher
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Spotted on Jan 12, 2013
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