DEEP: Marbled Salamander

Marbled Salamander

(Ambystoma opacum)

{Marbled Salamander}

IDENTIFICATION: A chunky compact species with bright silvery white bands on the back and tail. Tail stubby, not well developed as in other mole salamanders. Small to medium size, adults 70-120 mm total length.

Marbled salamanders are widely distributed over the low-lying sections of Connecticut. Sandy-soiled habitats are favored, and adult marbled salamanders can be found in quite dry habitat. This species is very rare and localized at elevations above 900 feet; there are no Connecticut records above 1,300 feet. The marbled salamander is a southern species reaching its northeastern range limit in Massachusetts and the mid-Hudson Valley of New York. Marbled salamanders use vernal and semi-permanent woodland pools for breeding, and are, therefore, subject to similar conservation constraints as the spotted salamander. Section 26-55-3-B of the Connecticut Code protects marbled salamanders by limiting possession to no more than three adults at any time. Section 26-66-13-B prohibits collection of eggs and juveniles, sets an open season from May 1 to August 31, sets a daily and seasonal bag limit to three animals, and limits collection to hand or handheld implements, with seining specifically prohibited. Marbled salamanders are of conservation concern in several nearby states, including New York and Massachusetts.

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