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Marbled Salamander (Larvae)

Ambystoma opacum

Description:

Marbled salamander adults are stocky and boldly banded. Typically, eggs hatch in early November as ponds refill and eggs are flooded. The larvae then overwinter in ponds, although they do not grow much. As pond temperatures warm in the spring and invertebrates become more available, metamorphosis takes place much more rapidly. Metamorphosis usually occurs in late spring or early summer when the larvae are from 4.5 to 7.5 cm (1.8 to 3 in.) long

Habitat:

Adult marbled salamanders live in damp woodlands, often close to ponds or streams. These salamanders are occasionally can be found around dry hillsides, but never far from a moist environment. Unlike most other Ambystomidae, this species does not breed in water. Adult marbled salamanders breed only in dried up pools, ponds, and ditches, and females lay their eggs under the leaves there. The eggs hatch after the ponds refill.

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1 Comment

Awesome marylou.wildlife,cute little thing :) congrats and thanks for sharing

marylou.wildlife
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marylou.wildlife

Maryland, USA

Spotted on May 21, 2015
Submitted on Jun 27, 2015

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