Massachusetts Amphibian Madness

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Rad
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Location: Eastern Massachusetts

Massachusetts Amphibian Madness

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I wanted to show off some highlights I found from Massachusetts this year, 2022 so far has been my best year (already finding 3 lifers!) and a total of 13 amphibian species. This week I hope to travel to western MA and also get Spring Salamander, Dusky Salamander, and if I'm lucky my lifer Jefferson Salamander. Also Gray Tree Frog, Pickerel Frog, and Leopard Frog would nice to get already. I would also love to herp with some people here, been doing it for a few years on my own but now would like to begin meeting new folk.

Anura:

American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus americanus)
Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)
Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus)
Green Frog (Lithobates clamitans)
Bull Frog (Lithobates catesbeianus)

Caudata:

Red-Backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus)
Northern 2-Lined Salamander (Eurycea bislineata)
4-Toed Salamander (Hemidactylium scutatum)
Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum)
Unisexual Blue-Spotted/Jefferson Salamander (Ambystoma "unisexual laterale x jeffersonianum") Lifer!
Blue-Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma laterale) Lifer!
Marbled Salamander (Ambystoma opacum) Lifer!
Red-Spotted Newt (Notopthalmus viridescens viridescens)
I knew they occurred at this site but didn't expect to find one on accident in March! 3/27/2022. Worcester County, MA.
I knew they occurred at this site but didn't expect to find one on accident in March! 3/27/2022. Worcester County, MA.
A couple dozen of them in a small man-made pond. 3/25/2022. Princeton, Worcester County, MA.
A couple dozen of them in a small man-made pond. 3/25/2022. Princeton, Worcester County, MA.
Unexpected find! First known record from this site! 3/19/2022. Carlisle, Middlesex County, MA.
Unexpected find! First known record from this site! 3/19/2022. Carlisle, Middlesex County, MA.
I was able to flip 2 female Blue-Spotted Salamanders. 4/10/2022. Ipswich, Essex County, MA
I was able to flip 2 female Blue-Spotted Salamanders. 4/10/2022. Ipswich, Essex County, MA
First Ambystoma of the year! Adult male. 3/19/2022. Southborough, Worcester County, MA.
First Ambystoma of the year! Adult male. 3/19/2022. Southborough, Worcester County, MA.
Prettiest female I saw on the road that day. 3/19/2022. Southborough, Worcester County, MA.
Prettiest female I saw on the road that day. 3/19/2022. Southborough, Worcester County, MA.
There was still snow on the ground and it was almost freezing temps when I found this little guy! 3/11/2022. Westminster, Worcester County, MA.
There was still snow on the ground and it was almost freezing temps when I found this little guy! 3/11/2022. Westminster, Worcester County, MA.
One of 2 I found chilling in a pond. 3/25/2022. Princeton, Worcester County, MA.
One of 2 I found chilling in a pond. 3/25/2022. Princeton, Worcester County, MA.
Unisexual Ambystoma Eggs, 4/10/2022. Ipswich, Essex County, MA
Unisexual Ambystoma Eggs, 4/10/2022. Ipswich, Essex County, MA
First individual I cruised this year. 3/19/2022. Southborough, Worcester County, MA.
First individual I cruised this year. 3/19/2022. Southborough, Worcester County, MA.
Seems like the erythristics are already out! 4/16/2022. Hubbardston, Worcester County, MA.
Seems like the erythristics are already out! 4/16/2022. Hubbardston, Worcester County, MA.
First adult of the year. 4/9/2022. Amherst, Hampshire County, MA.
First adult of the year. 4/9/2022. Amherst, Hampshire County, MA.
A very unusual behavior that is known but I never thought I'd be able to see myself, one of many Spotted Salamander egg masses I found in a flowing permanent stream. 4/9/2022. Amherst, Hampshire County, MA.
A very unusual behavior that is known but I never thought I'd be able to see myself, one of many Spotted Salamander egg masses I found in a flowing permanent stream. 4/9/2022. Amherst, Hampshire County, MA.
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Jeff
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Re: Massachusetts Amphibian Madness

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That is a very nice assembly of critters. I lived in MA from mid 1966 to mid 1968 (elementary school) and saw seven of the species that you portrayed.
Decades later I am in Louisiana, and I can tell you that the marbled and spotted salamanders, and peepers, are very different in color and pattern down here.
As a kid, around Acton, I couldn't tell a pickerel from leopard frog, but some were big and bright green, so I'd say they were northern leopards.
All of these were routine around home, but one day on a family trip to Mt. Wachusetts I saw a big larval salamander in a clear stream at the summit, and I believe it was a Spring Salamander.

Keep up on the reports, and scenery would be nice.
Jeff
stlouisdude
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Re: Massachusetts Amphibian Madness

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I will be out looking for spring salamanders again this year. The place I go doesn't produce every trip, so it may take more than one try to find one. Let me know if you're interested in joining.
Rad
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Re: Massachusetts Amphibian Madness

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I know some spots for Springs here in MA, I have a really good spot in the White Mountains, a spot in northern CT, and a bunch scattered all through Western MA.
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