Jefferson Salamander Ambystoma jeffersonianum (Green, 1827)S3 (Watch list)  -  Western MD only    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Amphibia   >   Order Caudata   >   Family Ambystomatidae   >   Genus Ambystoma   


Jefferson Salamander (Ambystoma jeffersonianum) is a primarily dark, long-toed species of mole salamander, found uncommonly in the ridge & valley and western Maryland. This slender Ambystoma breeds in vernal pools, and often starts spring breeding activity slightly earlier than Spotted Salamander. At other times of the year, it remains largely underground, beneath logs or in burrows. Further north, this species has a complex relationship of polyploid hybridization with Blue-spotted Salamander (Ambystoma laterale), which does not occur in Maryland (Conant & Collins, 1998; Maryland DNR site). Jefferson Salamander is ranked in Maryland as an S3 (watch list)

There are 5 records in the project database.

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A Jefferson Salamander in Sussex Co., New Jersey (3/23/2008). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

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