Field Guide to Maryland's Salamanders and Newts
Adult Photo and Foot Detail Photo of Four-toed Salamander courtesy of John White
Three distinct characteristics make identification easy:
an enamel-white belly with small black spots (the only salamander with this),
four toes on both front and hind feet (most salamanders have five toes on back feet), and
a marked constriction at the base of the tail. A rusty brown back and gray sides.
Habitat Photo for Four-toed Salamander
courtesy of Rebecca Chalmers
Maryland Distribution Map
- Discover Maryland's Herps
- Maryland Herp History
- Maryland Herp Checklist
- Survey Techniques, Collecting Ethics, Safety and the Law
- Problems with Buying Frogs and Tadpoles for Wild Release
- Technical Guide: A Key to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Maryland - 86.3 MB pdf file
- Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas (MARA) Project
- Natural Heritage Program
- Wildlife & Heritage Home
"A Joint Project of the Natural History Society of Maryland, Inc. and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources"
To see older newsletters, please visit the MARA Resource Page.
The Maryland Herpetology Field Guide is a cooperative effort of the MD Natural Heritage Program and the MD Biological Stream Survey within the Department of Natural Resources and their partners. We wish to thank all who contributed field records, text, and photographs, as well as support throughout its development.