Ambystoma = blunt mouth (wide mouth, see pictures)
laterale = on the side (refers to spotting on the sides)
Mole salamander - fossorial, lives below ground in burrows or leaf litter
Size = 4 to 5 inches
Lifespan = unknown
Fun Facts; Long Island may be the last "pure" blue-spotted salamander locale in NY. Throughout their range they are hybridized with Jefferson salamanders and are unisexual. Smallest of L.I.'s mole salamanders.