Underneath selected logs in the forest near Githens Middle School, these 4.5 inch marbled salamanders were found. Their color is gray and black with silvery or gray cross bands. These salamanders reside in many parts of North Carolina.
The marbled salamander is a boldly banded salamander. The bands of females tend to be gray, while those of males are more white. Like most of the mole salamanders, it is secretive, spending most of its life under logs or in burrows. It is most frequently encountered when moving towards breeding ponds in the autumn.
Male, mating season for salamanders
Under decaying log in dry vernal pool area.
Marbled salamander found on a log during a walk in the woods.
The marbled salamander (Ambystoma opacum) is a species of mole salamander found in the eastern United States.