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Blue-spotted Salamander Ambystoma laterale


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Blue-spotted Salamander
credit: Eugene Van der Pijil

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Family: Ambystomidae, Mole Salamanders view all from this family

Description Elongated body, similar to the Jefferson Salamander. Blueish black in color with blue and white spots on the side of its body and tail. Four toes on the front feet, five on hind feet.12-14 costal grooves. Females normally bigger than males.

Dimensions Length:8-14 cm (3-6").

Breeding Reproduce at 2 years old in early spring. Eggs laid in bundles attached to twigs, rocks and plants. 12 eggs in a clutch, up to 500 yearly, which hatch after 1 month.

Habitat Moist, deciduous, hardwood forest, swampy woodland. Also coniferous forest and fields.

Range Northeastern United States also Ontario & Quebec in Canada.

Discussion Known to hybridise with other species especially the Jefferson Salamander, Spotted Salamander & Tiger Salamander. 2 hybrid all-female species created. (Tremblay's and Silvery) Blue-spotted males then breed with Tremblay's females. Male sperm does not contribute to the genetic material, only allows the egg to develop.