A Jefferson Salamander

This salamander lives in the North-Eastern U.S. They mainly live in deciduous forest, and hide under stones, logs, leaf litter, and other underbrush. They burrow underground in dry or freezing conditions, and must get below the frost-line in order to survive winters that are more northerly. It’s usually dark brown or black, and some have blue or silver specks on their sides. They have a wide nose and long toes. Their length is 11-18 cm. These salamanders are nocturnal, but you can see some by day in the mating season. Eggs are laid in clutches at the edges of ponds, ranging in quantity from 5-60, but averaging 30. Larvae eat aquatic invertebrate, and adults eat small invertebrate.

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