Spotted salamander

The Spotted salamander is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) is a mole salamander common in the eastern United States and Canada. The Spotted Salamander is the State Amphibian of South Carolina. More

The spotted salamander is Rhode Island's most widespread mole salamander. More

The Spotted Salamander is one of the larger members of the mole salamander family reaching lengths of nearly 8 inches or more. The dorsal background color is black, dark brown or dark gray with a slate gray belly. More

The spotted salamander was first documented in Minnesota in May 2001. (C. Hall personal communication). We have yet to determine their range and abundance in Minnesota. Spotted salamanders will have no official status in Minnesota until we know more information. More

spotted salamander is actually pretty hard to, well, spot. They can reach 9 inches (23 centimeters) in length and are prevalent in mature deciduous forests from eastern Canada throughout the eastern and midwestern United States. More

At Spotted Salamander Catering we specialize in catering, not a restaurant, so we are able focus on you and your event. We strive to use the freshest, highest quality, local ingredients available while providing you with exceptional customized service. More

Finding Spotted Salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) in Minnesota = Spotted salamander. It may surprise many Minnesotans to learn that seven species of salamanders reside in our state. The lives of these secretive amphibians rarely cross paths with our own. More

Spotted Salamanders live in forests where there are pools of water in the Spring, or nearby ponds. Adult Spotted Salamanders spend most of their time underground. More

These spotted salamanders range over much of North America, from Prince Edward Island to south-central Ontario, and south to Georgia and eastern Texas. More Images Photo: Yellow-Spotted Salamander, Ambystoma maculatum. Photo: Yellow-Spotted Salamander, Ambystoma maculatum. More

blue- spotted salamander is disturbed by a predator, say a bird or some small mammal looking for a tasty snack, it holds its body still and wiggles its tail back and forth. More

Spotted salamanders are well known for their mass migrations in the spring as they move from their forest habitat to their breeding ponds. More

Spotted salamanders are ideal inhabitants for the intricately planted woodland terrarium, for they disturb almost nothing. These 6-inch long salamanders eat earthworms and burrowing grubs, and if their terrarium is set up to best advantage, you will seldom see them. More

Blue spotted Salamanders are fairly common, and even occur in some of the larger urban parks and farm woodlots. They seem to be more tolerant of human habitat disturbance than the related Spotted Salamander, with which they are sometimes confused. They depend on fishless vernal ponds for breeding. More

The spotted salamander is a fairly large ambystomatid, frequently more than 6-7 inches long (total length) and is most common in Piedmont and Mountain regions of South Carolina and Georgia. More

Spotted Salamander is hard to confuse with other mole salamanders. The mole salamanders are so named because most of their life is spent beneath the leaf litter and underground in burrows. More

The spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) is named after the bright yellow spots on its black back. They live all over the country in vernal pools, or pools that flood only in the spring. More

Conservation: The Spotted Salamander relies on vernal pools for breeding and adjacent forested habitat for their adult life. More

Spotted salamanders have numerous yellow spots across their body. ©NHFG/Victor Young photo Adult Spotted Salamander Warm, rainy spring nights are a good time to look for migrating spotted salamanders. More

relatively large, the spotted salamander is something hard to find. More

-Diet: Spotted Salamanders will usually eat Zoo Plankton, aquatic insects, Isopods, dragonfly larvae and other aquatic invertebrates.They will also eat earth worms, spiders, and insects. -Prey: Spotted Salamanders aren’t always the hunters, sometimes they will be eaten by mammalian, reptiles, and avian. More

The spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) shown in the photo was caught in March. It is a female whose body is quite enlarged by the numerous eggs that fill her abdomen. More

Spotted salamanders are found throughout Ohio in low-lying moist woodlands adjacent to swamps, ponds, and creeks. More

underground lifestyle, Spotted Salamanders breed in temporary pools in deciduous forests in the late winter. There are several different individuals below, look closely and note that each one has a different spot pattern, especially with respect to the amount of orange head spotting. More

DISTRIBUTION: Spotted salamanders can be found in appropriate habitat throughout the eastern half of the United States from Ontario east to Nova Scotia and south to Georgia and Texas. More

i recently just caught a spotted salamander up at a campground in minnesota... More

Picture of Ambystoma maculatum has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.
Original source: Animal Diversity Web
Author: Phil Myers, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan
Permission: Some rights reserved
Order : Caudata
Family : Ambystomatidae
Genus : Ambystoma
Species : maculatum
Authority : (Shaw, 1802)