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Spotted salamander

Ambystoma maculatum


A robust and colorful mole salamander. Dark background with two offset rows of yellow spots. Spots nearest the head are orange or reddish in mature individuals.


Fossorial, spending most of its time underground in wooded areas, these salamanders may be found under logs near vernal pools during breeding season.


The spotted salamander is the official State Amphibian of South Carolina.

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South Carolina, USA

Spotted on Mar 1, 2013
Submitted on Mar 3, 2013

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