Yellow-spotted Salamander

Spotted salamander

Yellow-spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum)

This is a robust, heavy bodied salamander averaging about 15 cm in length. The yellow or orange round light spots, arranged in an irregular row along each side of the back is their distinguishing characteristic. This salamander is mostly terrestrial, living in forest litter, under logs, or in burrows, preying on primarily invertebrates, but will devour anything of appropriate size. They are rarely seen except for mass migrations in early spring. Though secretive most of the year, the first heavy rains in the spring, usually result in nocturnal mass exodus to traditional breeding ponds. Eggs are laid in masses after courtship and mating, and will hatch in a few days. Larva usually transform in early July, then disperse.