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Four-toed salamander

Hemidactylium scutatum


Adults are 2 to 3.5 inches in length. The back is brown and the belly is white with conspicuous scattered black dots. This salamander is unique because it has 4 toes on each hind foot (most salamanders have 5) as well as 4 on each front foot


Typically inhabits bogs, seepages or shallow ponds with moss-covered logs, roots and grass clumps over quiet water. It is usually found in areas with sphagnum moss. This individual was spotted under a moist log about a meter from a vernal pool in Maryland.

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Maryland, USA

Spotted on Mar 15, 2015
Submitted on Jul 18, 2015

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