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Ringed Salamander

Ringed salamander is a slender salamander found in the United States. The species is highly fossorial and solitary barring the breeding season. The creature is most active in humid conditions.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Lissamphibia
    Order Caudata
    Family Ambystomatidae
    Genus Ambystoma
    Scientific Name Ambystoma annulatum

    Size 14 to 25.5 cm  (5.51 to 10.04 in)
    Color Dark blackish brown with light buff-yellow cross bands and spots; pale grayish white belly
    Distribution Arkansas, Missouri, south western Illinois and eastern Oklahoma (United States)
    Habitat Generally under rocks and logs, in piles of leaves or in burrows in damp hardwood forested areas near shallow ponds
    Diet Earthworms, insects, land snails, other invertebrates
    Predators Owls, snakes, skunks, shrews, raccoons, opossums
    Breeding Season Between September and November
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 3 to 37 eggs
    Incubation Period 2 to 3 weeks
    Metamorphosis Period 6 to 8 months
    Reproductive Age 2 to 3 years after metamorphosis
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on May 3rd 2017 by under Salamanders. Article was last reviewed on 8th April 2020.

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