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Ambystoma laterale

Common Name: Blue-spotted Salamander
Ambystoma laterale
Ambystoma laterale

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Urodela
Family: Ambystomatidae
Genus: Ambystoma
Species: Ambystoma laterale

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Blue-spotted salamanders are around 4-6 inches in length and are dark gray or black-colored with a paler belly. They have bright blue specks that cover their lower sides and limbs.

Habitat & Range

Blue-spotted salamanders can be found in moisty woodlands in parts of eastern central North America. As adults, they are terrestial and spend most of their time underground or in leaf litter. As larvae, they are aquatic and will remain in vernal pools until they are able to disperse into the surrounding wooodland.


Blue-spotted salamander are nocturnal foragers. They will typically come out from their hiding location at night or during rainy weather to forage for food. During the day, they will remain underground to avoid drying out from the warm temperatures.

Life Cycle

In early spring, blue-spotted salamander migrate in large groups to temporary breeding pools. Females can lay hundreds of eggs yearly, and will deposit their eggs at the edges of the vernal pool.

Featured image by James Dake.


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