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Small-mouthed Salamander Ambystoma texanum


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Small-mouthed Salamander
credit: Ryan Thies/CCSA

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Family: Ambystomidae, Mole Salamanders view all from this family

Description Characteristically tiny head and mouth. Blackish-brown above with greyish yellow patches. Underside black with light flecks. 15 coastal grooves.

Dimensions 11-18cm. (4 1/2-7")

Breeding Breeds january through April. Up to 700 eggs in a clutch, laid in small clusters on grass and flat stones.

Habitat Pine woodland and deciduous forest and tailgrass prairies. Also in farming areas and near streams and ponds.

Range From Ohio through to the Gulf across to Kansas. Also Oaklahoma and Texas.

Discussion A shy creature it will share breeding pools with larger Marbled and spotted Salamaders. When disturbed it will wave its tail.