Marbled Salamander

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    Ambystoma opacum seems to be the most common of the mole salamanders in my area. I find them sometimes in the fall, on roads, or under logs. They breed in fall (and winter?) in my area. This one was under a log along a woodland trail. It was captured and posed for a photo session, then released. I measured the length in another photo adjacent to a scale--about 11 cm, with about 4 cm of that being the tail.

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    On the web, see:
    Animal Diversity Web
    Wikipedia--I wrote the first draft of the article
    SREL

    Pseudacris, pHil____, mybunnyrexie, and 9 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. myriorama 88 months ago | reply

      pretty little fellow.

    2. mizzbee 88 months ago | reply

      Nice little creature! Including maps of your findings is great. I will check them again before I drive through that area. I just checked the Wikipedia article, good! When do you find the time for all those contributions plus the ones here and in Bugguide? Hard to believe that you also happen to have a full time job.

    3. cotinis 88 months ago | reply

      Well, mizzbee, you've probably noticed that I've throttled way back on BugGuide, and Flickr, too, for that matter. I don't watch much television, so this is one thing I do instead of that. I am good with web applications, using them all the time in my teaching, so a side-effect is that I can do work on fun projects rather rapidly.

      Thanks, of course for your kind words.

    4. mizzbee 88 months ago | reply

      Interesting! I am also doing less and less at Bugguide and at Flickr and have been toying with the idea of working in Wikipedia. The Spanish version is so far behind that just translating some good articles like some of yours would keep me busy for the rest of my life. I will wait until after National Pollinator Week.

    5. millermn65 64 months ago | reply

      wondering how to go about asking permission to use pix like this for a presentation (and or book) (likely not to be too popular a book) but need to find out.... thanks much, mm

    6. brian.gratwicke 57 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Appalachian Salamanders, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    7. pocket dove [deleted] 56 months ago | reply

      Wow! This guy's beautiful, awesome shot :)

    8. Ken-ichi 39 months ago | reply

      Perfect shot. And thus, we are using it on iNat! Thanks for the CC license.

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