Species Spotlight: Spotted Salamander

Spotted Salamander

Habitat: Moist hardwood forests across the eastern United States and Canada. The spotted salamander is a mole salamander and is usually found underground or under logs and rocks.
Diet: Insects, earthworms, slugs, spiders, and other arthropods and annelids.

Size: Usually 6-7 inches long and 1 inch wide.

Classification: Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Chordata, Class Amphibia, Order Caudata, Family Ambystomatidae, Genus and species Ambystoma maculatum.

The spotted salamander is Ohio’s state amphibian and is quite common.

Salamanders are amphibians which are ectothermic, have gills when young and lungs as adults, can breathe through their skin, and spend parts or their lives both in water and on land.

Salamanders, like most amphibians, have poison glands that help to deter predators.

When escaping a predator, salamanders can drop their tails and grow a new one later. They can also grow new limbs and some organs.

Salamanders are typically found in the Northern Hemisphere, although some species live in South America.

Come see our spotted salamander this month at the museum for one of our Creature Features. All of our amphibians will be on display as we discover the amazing design of these creatures. See the events calendar on our website for more information. http://www.akronfossils.com/calendar-of-events

Written by Megan Beaver

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Akron Fossils & Science Center features hands-on tours and science activities that put knowledge directly in your hands. Our exhibits display many fossils from Ohio and around the world. In addition to our guided tours, we offer a wide variety of enriching science programs, all hands-on and designed to make science and learning fun and meaningful. We also look forward to having you enjoy our 2 1/2 acre outdoor adventure park called Truassic Park. Our park features a 9-hole mini golf course, giant slide, and 200 FT ZIP- LINE! At Akron Fossils & Science Center, participants and visitors become more than observers; they become researchers, experimenters, and even educators. Our exhibits and programs let you experience science first-hand and encourage understanding and deep, critical thought. A trip to Akron Fossils & Science Center provides more than something to do for one day; it ignites a passion for learning and exploration that lasts a lifetime.

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