Tag Archives: Salamander

Recognizing individual salamanders by their belly spots

One of the questions we are investigating in my herpetology lab is whether we can recognize individual salamanders based on the pattern of spots on their bellies. We have been studying a population of smallmouth salamanders (Ambystoma texanum) and unisexual … Continue reading

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Redback Salamanders: one normal, one funky

I came across these two Redback Salamanders (Plethodon cinereus) while digging a shallow trench in a forest in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. They were about 10 cm (~ 4 inches) underground, together in a small cavity. Redback Salamanders are incredibly abundant … Continue reading

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Photo of unisexual Ambystoma vs. smallmouth salamander

A photo showing a unisexual Ambystoma next to a pure smallmouth salamander. Continue reading

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Newt photobombs spring peepers in amplexus

A newt popped its head up to the surface of the water just as I took this photo of a pair of mating spring peepers. Continue reading

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How to tell apart male and female spotted salamanders (and other Ambystoma)

Look at the cloaca to tell apart male and female spotted salamanders. Continue reading

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