Spotted Salamander Ambystoma maculatum (Shaw, 1802)  

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Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) is the most abundant and familiar Ambystoma in Maryland, and much of the east. This salamander is grayish-black, with large yellow or orange spots across the body. Like other mole salamanders, they breed in vernal pools. Spotted Salamanders make seasonal migrations to vernal pool breeding sites in early spring, usually following heavy rains. At other times of the year, the adults disperse back into the surrounding forest, where they burrow under logs or rocks (Conant & Collins, 1998; Maryland DNR site). Spotted Salamanders are found throughout Maryland except for the southern counties on the eastern shore.

There are 221 records in the project database.

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A Spotted Salamander in Harford Co., Maryland (10/17/2013). Photo by Mark Johnson. (MBP list)

A Spotted Salamander in Frederick Co., Maryland (3/24/2016). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Spotted Salamander in Garrett Co., Maryland (10/31/2009). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Spotted Salamander in Talbot Co., Maryland (2/25/13). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Spotted Salamander in the Catoctin Mountains, Frederick Co., Maryland (4/3/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list) (More of this species)

A Spotted Salamander in Montgomery Co., Maryland (11/3/2017). Photo by Justin Lee. (MBP list)

A Spotted Salamander in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/27/2013). Photo by Robert Aguilar, SERC. (MBP list)

A Spotted Salamander in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/10/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Spotted Salamander in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/17/2009). Photo by Tyler Bell. (MBP list)

A Spotted Salamander in Baltimore Co., Maryland (3/21/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

Spotted Salamander in Harford Co., Maryland (6/6/2015). Photo by Kurt Schwarz. (MBP list)

Spotted Salamander in Talbot Co., Maryland (3/21/2014). Photo by Jared Satchell. (MBP list)

A mass of Spotted Salamanders found near a vernal pool in montgomery Co., MD (3/11/2006). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Spotted Salamander in Montgomery Co., Maryland (3/10/2018). Photo by Justin Lee. (MBP list)

Spotted Salamander in Baltimore Co., Maryland (4/24/2016). Photo by Keith Eric Costley. (MBP list)

A Spotted Salamander in Prince George's Co., Maryland (10/30/2016). Photo by Justin Lee. (MBP list)

A Spotted Salamander egg mass in Frederick Co., Maryland (3/24/2016). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Spotted Salamander in Montgomery Co., Maryland (4/15/2005). Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

Spotted Salamander larvae in Shannon Co., Missouri (5/29/2009). Photo by Corey Raimond. (MBP list)

Spotted Salamander eggs in Indiana (4/2008). Photo by Andrew Hoffman. (MBP list)


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