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Marbled Salamander
Ambystoma opacum
Ambystoma = blunt mouth (wide mouth, see pictures)
opacum = shaded (refers to the black and white bands)
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Caudata
Family: Ambystomatidae
Mole salamander - fossorial, lives below ground in burrows or leaf litter
Size = 3.5 to 4.5 inches, females larger than males
Lifespan = 4-10 years
Fun Facts; have poison glands, 11-12 costal grooves, male's bands are white, female's bands are silvery gray, breed in the fall on land.