Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) on Moss
Spotted Salamanders are members of the mole salamander family. This family gets it's name by the members spending 90% of their life underground. These guys are relatively large as they can reach up to eight inches in length. They also need vernal pools to reproduce as they need bodies of water without fish for their eggs and young to survive. If you go out into the forest on early spring nights you can see mass migrations of these guys going to the vernal pool of their birth to conitue the reproduction cycle. A lot of these pools are being destroyed and this habitat loss makes this a species of concern. As of now they are holding their own though. A nocturnal creature, you may find these guys out on the forest floor looking for invertebrates at night.
I know one wooded area that if I turn over enough rocks I'm am sure to find at least a couple of these guys. Which I did a couple of weeks ago and these are the shots I got. I actually love salamanders and I hope you find these captures enjoyable also.