Latin name: Ambystoma opacum
Average lifespan: 4-10 years or more
Size: Adults usually reach a length of 3-1/2 to 4 inches
The marbled salamander is a nocturnal animal, which means they are only active in the nighttime. Therefor the marbled salamander is hardly seen by people. They are smaller than the average salamander. Marbled salamanders hide during the daytime under logs or bushes. Marbled salamanders are amphibian animals they need water and burrow deep into the soil to survive the dry days. They are solitary creatures until the breeding season.
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What does a marbled salamander look like?
The marbled salamander is smaller than the average salamander they can grow up to 4 inches (10 centimeters). The marbled salamander has a black body with white or grey band markings on its sides, back and tail. Because of their markings they have the word marbled in their name. Their bellies are black. It has short limbs with four toes, a broad snout and black eyes. The marbled salamander has a large tail that is about 40 percent of their whole body length.
Where does the marbled salamander live?
The marbled salamander is only found in the United States. It can be found from northern Florida to the southern New Hampshire, and west to southern Illinois, southeast Oklahoma, and east Texas. The marbled salamander is a threatened species in Michigan. The marbled salamanders are found in the damp woodlands where there is a lot of dirt and water to be found. They usually live close to ponds, streams or in marshlands but they can also be found in dry hillsides as long as there is some water nearby. Marbled salamanders enjoy dark places during the day, under leaves, in a burrow or under logs and barks.
What does a marbled salamander eat?
The marbled salamander is a carnivore, it east slugs, snails, small worms, centipedes and many other insects. The Marbled salamander is attracted to their movement and smell; they will not eat dead prey. The larvae of the marbled salamander eat zooplankton, little tiny organisms that live in the water where the larvae are born. Once the larvae are a little bigger they will eat tadpoles and small insects. After about six months the larvae grow gills so they can leave the water and start their life on land.
Did you know about these Marbled salamander facts?
The tail of the marbled salamander is poisonous.
The male marbled salamanders have white bands and the female's bands are more silver grey.
Marbled salamanders are very defensive about their territory.
Almost all carnivorous and omnivorous species in the animal kingdom think the marbled salamanders make a delicious snack.
In some habitats the larvae of the larval marbled salamanders help to control the mosquito populations.
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