Trillium Ridge Flora and Fauna
Spotted Salamander
Ambystoma maculatum
Location: Woods
Salamanders are declining everywhere. We have seen several over the years, but not recently. Of course, we aren't doing as much digging and disrupting of hiding places in recent years, so we will optimistically assume the little guys are still out there. Adults can live up to 30 years and remember where their breeding pool was. If a predator of the spotted salamander manages to dismember a part of a leg, tail, or even parts of the brain/head, then it can grow back a new one.
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Genus: Ambystoma (mole salamanders)
Family: Ambystomatidae (mole salamanders)
Order: Caudata (salamanders)
Class: Amphibia (Amphibians)
Phylum/Division: Chordata (Spinal chorded)
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)