Maryland's Salamanders and Newts (Order Caudata)
Marbled Salamander (Ambystoma opacum)
Adult Photo of Marbled Salamander courtesy of Lori Erb
3½ - 4¼ in; Record - 5 in.
- A chunky salamander.
- Light crossbands, of variable size, shape and width, on an otherwise black back and sides.
- The crossbands are grey in females, white in males.
- The plain belly is also black.
Habitat Photo for Marbled Salamander
courtesy of Rebecca Chalmers
- Deciduous and mixed forests adjacent to vernal pools.
- Eggs are laid in the fall under coarse woody debris while the pools are dry.
- Female guards the eggs until pool is flooded.
Distribution in Maryland: