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.

Upcoming Events

Jul
3
Mon
9:00 am Becoming a Naturalist Week 1
Becoming a Naturalist Week 1
Jul 3 @ 9:00 am – Jul 7 @ 3:00 pm
This camp builds on the camper’s ability to encounter and describe the natural world. They will use journals, collecting equipment, and take part in many fun activities that will expand their understanding of how to
Jul
10
Mon
9:00 am Young Ecologists Week 1
Young Ecologists Week 1
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – Jul 14 @ 3:00 pm
This camp will begin to introduce the campers to the amazing complexity of our native Acadian forests. They will dissect owl pellets, take part in forest restoration planning and plantings and develop their understanding of
Jul
15
Sat
2:00 pm Forest Restoration Workshop
Forest Restoration Workshop
Jul 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Forest Restoration Workshop @ Macphail Woods Nature Centre | Vernon Bridge | Prince Edward Island | Canada
The Forest Restoration workshop offers alternatives to clear-cuts and plantations, and other ideas on how to improve the health of Island forests. It starts with a presentation in the Nature Centre and then participants will