Jefferson salamander

Jefferson salamander

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Ambystoma jeffersonianum

The Jefferson salamander is a mole salamander native to the northeastern United States, southern and central Ontario, and southwestern Quebec. It was named after Jefferson College in Pennsylvania. It is typically dark gray, brown, or black on its dorsal surface, but a lighter shade on its anterior. Some individuals may also have silver or blue specks on their sides; the area around the vent is usually gray. These salamanders are slender, with a wide nose and distinctive long toes, and range in size from 11 to 18 cm . Like other mole salamanders, the Jefferson salamander burrows; they have well-developed lungs suited for this purpose. Nocturnal by nature, they can be spotted by day during the mating season. Breeding occurs in early spring, after the snow in the area has melted.

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Jefferson salamander habitat map

References

1. Jefferson salamander Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_salamander
2. Jefferson salamander on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/59059/56458965

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