Smallmouth Salamander

Ambystoma texanum

Smallmouth Salamander Two Smallmouth Salamanders
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Smallmouth Salamander closeup
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Description:  The Smallmouth Salamander ranges in size from 4-5.5 inches.  Coloration is variable.  Back is usually patterned with a silver or gray lichen-like mottling.  Dark forms with little pattern on the back also occur.  The head and mouth are small compared to other Ambystoma species.

Habitat:  Found in low areas such as river bottoms, ditches and wetlands.

Behavior:  Breeds very early, usually in later winter to early spring in temporary pools and ditches.  Eggs are laid in clumps.

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