Mole salamanders (family Ambystomidae
) have rounded snouts. Their larvae have feathery external gills.
The Flatwoods Salamander
, Ambystoma cingulatum
, is found in pine flatwoods in extreme northern Florida. It has a gray back blotched with brown and a black belly flecked with gray. It reaches a length of 5". It breeds in water in the fall and winter.
The Marbled Salamander
, Ambystoma opacum
, is found in north Florida. Its body is black with white bands. It lives under damp leaves and logs. Females often lay their eggs in rotting logs in flood-prone areas. They hatch within days of the nest being flooded. They grow to 4.5".
The Mole Salamander
, Ambystoma talpoideum
, is found in the northern and mid-central Florida. It is bluish gray with tiny brown spots and reaches a length of 4". It burrows into the soil but can be found under logs. In early spring, Mole Salamanders gather in ponds to reproduce.
The Eastern Tiger Salamander
, Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum
, is found in the panhandle. Its dark body is marked by yellowish mottling. It reaches a length of 13". It tends to stay underground though may be seen making its way to breeding ponds in the fall.
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