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Ambystomatidae - Mole Salamanders


The mole salamanders are endemic to North America. The family contains 32 species, all placed in one genus, Ambystoma. These are medium-sized salamanders, up to 35 cm in length. Adults of the majority of species have well-developed lungs, and spend most of their lives underground, only returning to the water to breed; the larvae are aquatic. Several species are fully aquatic, and neotenic, i.e., reaching sexual maturity without undergoing metamorphosis.


    Jefferson Salamander (Ambystoma jeffersonianum)
    Blue-spotted Salamander (Ambystoma laterale)
    Yellow-spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum)
    Barred Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma mavortium)


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