Scientific Name: Ambystoma laterale
Size: 2.9-5.1 inches (7.5-13 cm) in length
Deciduous or mixed hardwood-coniferous forest with temporary or permanent ponds.
The blue-spotted salamander is closely related to the Jefferson's salamander, and hybrids between the two species does occur.
- The dorsal background is grayish black with large blue blotches and flecks.
- The ventral is black to dark gray with scattered spots.
- Small-sized species
- The body is small and slender.
- The head is only slightly distinct from the neck.
- The legs are short and well-developed.
- The tail is oval near the base, and laterally compressed near the tip.
- 12–14 costal grooves.
- Dark brown with some slight yellow or blue markings on the dorsal and ventral.
- Pond type.
- The body is brown with yellow lateral stripping that fades when older.
- The ventral is lighter colored and unmarked.
- Large, well-developed dorsal and caudal fins.
- The head is large and broad.
- The limbs are long and thin.
May be Confused With:
- Petranka, James W. ,1998. Salamanders of the United States and Canada. 63-67pp.
- Don Becker (psychoticnature.com)
- David J. Hand
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