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Streamside Salamander, Ambystoma barbouri

The Streamside Salamander is a fairly large salamander reaching lengths between 4 and 5.5 inches. They are generally a black or dark brown dorsal surface patterned with dark gray, lichen-like markings. It is nearly identical to the Smallmouth Salamander in appearance - see the range map and pictures of both to help determine which species you have found. The Streamside Salamander is generally found in forests near streams and prefers to breed in streams with limestone bedrock while the Smallmouth Salamander breeds in pools and ditches. Another difference between the two species is that the Streamside Salamander lays its eggs singly while the Smallmouth Salamander lays them in clumps (see photo of Smallmouth Salamander eggs).

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