Spotted salamander* Ambystoma maculatum
Identification: The spotted salamander is, on average, between 4.4 and 7.8 inches. They will have round yellow or orange spots randomly throughout the top of its body. The lower sides are dark gray, and the paler belly will not have any spots. They are bluish-black in color beneath the top of their body’s spots.
Habitat: This salamander spends most of its life hidden under rocks or logs. They are most common in moist, low-lying forests, but are also found in upland forests and mountains. They only come out of their hiding spots at night to feed and in the spring during mating.
Other: An idela time to look for the spotted salamander is during warm, rainy, spring nights.