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 Post subject: Half way there with Spotted salamanders!!
PostPosted: March 13th, 2012, 2:07 am 
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I went out at 4:00am and found a lot of spotted salamander larvae!

Still no adults.. :(

Woot woot!
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Found in this pool at about 4:30 this morning
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Thank you for everyone to help me get this far, but I still neeed more help finding the adults. Any more suggestions?


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 Post subject: Re: Half way there with Spotted salamanders!!
PostPosted: March 13th, 2012, 3:01 am 
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That's probably a Marbled Salamander larva (not a bad thing at all). Looks like you're in the right place. What are you trying to show in the 2nd photo? Did you see any egg masses?


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 Post subject: Re: Half way there with Spotted salamanders!!
PostPosted: March 13th, 2012, 5:13 am 
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I agree it looks like a Marbled Sallie, but I often find Marbled and Spotted salamanders in the same areas.


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 Post subject: Re: Half way there with Spotted salamanders!!
PostPosted: March 13th, 2012, 5:35 am 
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Yes, that mander was born in the fall and likely a marbled. You would be seeing egg masses or very small larvae if you were seeing maculatum. I just found a bunch of Ringed Salamander larvae a few days ago, which like marbleds are fall breeders, and that were about the same size. Likely a good pool though!

4 AM, that's dedication. That kind of desire deserves help, unlike the lazy requests that sometimes come to the forum.


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 Post subject: Re: Half way there with Spotted salamanders!!
PostPosted: March 13th, 2012, 10:44 am 
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yes, dedication, ive been searching 3 hours a day since middle of feb for a spotted salamander :( i wanna find just one!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Half way there with Spotted salamanders!!
PostPosted: March 13th, 2012, 3:50 pm 
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Hmm..it really doesn't look like a marbled larvae to me, they are usually a lot darker and have small white spots along the sides of the body. At that size it is a pretty old larvae though. Maybe a larvae from early breeders back in January or before?

The only advice I can give on adult spotteds is check logs at the edges of vernals. Lots of leaf litter around the logs helps too.


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 Post subject: Re: Half way there with Spotted salamanders!!
PostPosted: March 13th, 2012, 4:00 pm 
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Yeah I know, i cant figure which one it is. It has been a sorta warm winter. Averaging temps at 48ish, didnt snow once lol. But it also was a very dry winter.

It has only lightly rained twice since feburary which is why I think maybe the spotteds havnt moved around alot or somthing? But I have been to many pools, no eggs or spotted adults... this all have found. I have flipped so many logs and been through so many leave piles. What do I do? I just wanna find ONE spotted salamander adult :(


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