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Spotted salamander larva

Ambystoma maculatum

Description:

When spotted salamander eggs hatch depends on water temperatures. As larvae, they are usually light brown or greenish-yellow. They have small dark spots and are born with external gills. In two to four months, the larvae lose their gills, and become juvenile salamanders that leave the water. There were quite a few of these in some wetland waters; the next day at another site, we saw egg masses waiting to develop at another site about 20 miles away.

Habitat:

Mason Farm Biological Reserve

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Maria dB
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Maria dB

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Feb 22, 2014
Submitted on May 2, 2014

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