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Spotted Salamander
Ambystoma maculatum
Ambystoma = blunt mouth (wide mouth, see pictures)
maculatum = spotted
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Caudata
Family: Ambystomatidae
Terrestrial
Mole salamander - fossorial, lives below ground in burrows or leaf litter
Size = 5 to 9 inches, females larger than males
Lifespan = 20 years
Carnivorous
Fun Facts; 11-12 coastal grooves, typically 12, Egg masses contain a green algae that is believed to benefit the egg by using up carbon dioxide and giving off oxygen.