Marbled Salamander

Ambystoma opacum

Marbled Salamander NH Conservation Status: Endangered, Wildlife Action Plan Species in Greatest Need of Conservation.

State Rank Status: Critically imperiled.

Distribution: A few records of the species occur in Southern NH along the Massachusetts border.

Description: A small, stout-bodied salamander measuring 3-4.5 inches with distinct light crossbands across a dark back. The bands are variable in size and shape and may be incomplete.

Commonly Confused Species: Adults are easily distinguished from other species; larvae are easily confused with spotted, blue-spotted, and Jefferson salamanders.

Habitat: Various wooded habitats from floodplain forests to dry rocky slopes. During summer found under cover objects or underground.

Life History: Eggs are laid under surface litter during fall on the edges of ponds or in dry pool basins on the forest floor. The eggs hatch after the depressions are filled with fall rains. Females guard the nest until the eggs are inundated by water.

Conservation Threats: Upland and vernal pool habitat loss; loss of landscape connections between populations.

Wildlife Action Plan Species Profile

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