Marbled salamander

The Marbled 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 Marbled Salamander (Ambystoma opacum) is a species of mole salamander found in the eastern United States. More

Marbled salamanders are one of two species of mole (Ambystomid) salamanders that have been detected in Rhode Island. Mole salamanders are fossorial, therefore they are rarely observed above ground, with the exception of their brief breeding season. More

Marbled salamanders attain total lengths of up to 5 inches (12.7 cm) and are very stout-bodied. There are 12 costal grooves and the belly is black. More

Marbled salamanders reach a length of 4 to 5 inches (10 to 12.7 cm), head and body. They have smooth, dark gray to black skin, or even deep purple above with a gray belly. More

Marbled salamanders are found from southern New England, west to parts of Texas, Illinois, Oklahoma, and south to northern Florida. More

The adult marbled salamander is about 4 inches long and has a stout body. The background color of the skin is black. There are white to gray bands or band-like markings on the side. More

The marbled salamander is a southern species reaching its northeastern range limit in Massachusetts and the mid-Hudson Valley of New York. More

Ohio, the breeding season for the Marbled Salamander is in the autumn and courtship, breeding, and egg-laying all occur on land. More

DESCRIPTION: The marbled salamander is three to five inches long. It has smooth, dark gray to black skin, with bold white (male) or silver-gray (female) cross-band markings on their upper surfaces. Markings are extremely variable, occasionally forming dorsolateral stripes or other patterns. More

The marbled salamander differs from the Jefferson and spotted salamanders in its reproductive cycle. Adult marbled salamanders migrate to seasonal pools to court and mate in early fall rather than in the spring. More

The color pattern of the Marbled Salamander is quite consistent and unique. They have gray to white bands or markings on their sides against a black background. They are a small salamander, at least for the family Ambystomatidae, reaching lengths around 4 inches. More

Marbled Salamanders are stout-bodied salamanders that have black and white alternating crossbands down the back along with a black belly. The lighter dorsal bands are white in males and grayish in females. They reach about 5 inches in length. More

Marbled salamanderThe body is dark gray to black, with bold white or silvery crossbands. On the female these bands tend to be a bit more gray. Occasionally the crossbands run together on the sides, encasing a black area within a striking outline of white. More

The marbled salamander looks like it just came out of the chrome plating shop with its metallic silvery-white to gray bands on the dorsum of its black body. A medium sized (11.2 – 19. More

Marbled salamanders (Ambystoma opacum) range throughout much of the eastern United States from eastern Texas and Oklahoma, northeast through Illinois and Indiana to southern New Hampshire and central Massachusetts, and south to north Florida. More

Marbled SalamanderThe marbled salamander is three to five inches long. It has a black body with white or silvery-gray markings. The female has gray markings and the male has white markings. It has 11-12 costal (vertical) grooves. More

* Marbled salamander metapopulation dynamics project * Kernel pools connectivity project * Metapopulation viability modeling project * Marbled salamander conservation plan * Eastern spadefoot toad project More

This young marbled salamander is beginning to show the light colored crossbands across its back. ©Mike Marchand photo Marbled Salamander Newly transformed marbled salamander about to make its migration into surrounding terrestrial habitat. More

Marbled salamanders have bands of white, grey, or silver on their backs. More

Uniquely, Marbled Salamanders breed in fall instead of spring. Females lay eggs in depressions under leaf litter or logs, in low spots that fill with fall rains. The habitat they select varies with the season. More

Ambystoma opacum, the marbled salamander is found throughout most of the eastern United States. Adult marbled salamanders live in damp woodlands, often close to ponds or streams. More

The Marbled Salamander is a stocky black salamander with a somewhat banded pattern. The pattern, which appears gray in females and white in males, is flecked with black and tends to run together. The ventral surface, or belly, is plain black. More

The marbled salamander is a member of the mole salamander genus. More

ambystomids, Marbled Salamanders deposit eggs in low spots during the fall. The female guards them until the rains of October and November cover the eggs with water, which makes them hatch. More

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Author: Mike VanValen
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Order : Caudata
Family : Ambystomatidae
Genus : Ambystoma
Species : opacum
Authority : (Gravenhorst, 1807)