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Yellow-spotted salamander

Ambystoma maculatum

Description:

Ambystoma maculatum has several methods of defense, including hiding in burrows or leaf litter, autotomy of the tail, and a toxic milky liquid it excretes when perturbed. This secretion comes from large poison glands around the back and neck. The spotted salamander, like other salamanders, shows great regenerative abilities: if a predator manages to dismember a part of a leg, tail, or even parts of the brain, head or organs, the salamander can grow back a new one, although this takes a massive amount of energy. As juveniles, they spend most of their time under the leaf litter near the bottom of the pools where their eggs were laid. The larvae tend to occupy refuges in vegetation, and lower their activity in the presence of predators. from Wikipedia

Notes:

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3 Comments

RiekoS
RiekoS 2 years ago

Thank you very much Nick Pope.

Nick Pope
Nick Pope 2 years ago

Love it

AshleyT
AshleyT 2 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

RiekoS
Spotted by
RiekoS

New York, USA

Lat: 42.26, Long: -74.74

Spotted on Sep 1, 2016
Submitted on Sep 3, 2016

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