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Field Collecting/Observing Sightings of herps in the wild, where-tos and how-tos, as well as photos of herps in their native environment.

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Old 02-12-2013, 04:38 PM   #1
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Ambystoma maculatum??

hey all, i live in Bristol CT and was wondering if anyone knew where i could find and catch a few ambystoma maculatum
Old 02-16-2013, 06:47 AM   #2
Have no idea about where you live. But around where I live I just go into the woods, start flipping rocks and logs and I usually find them hanging out in the leaf litter. They are very quick. As soon as you flip whatever they are under they will try and dart down into their little burrows.

Also have a pond that herds of them come to mate in.

So maybe find a pond during their mating season. They seem to prefer ponds with shallow water.

I actually have 6 babies from a clump of eggs I hatched out last year. Cute little guys. I had no idea they hatched out brown. Turned black when they morph and take a few weeks to actually develop their yellow spots. They quickly learned to eat blood worms and black worms offered on a toothpick. Sorry to go on but I love my spotted salamanders!
Old 02-16-2013, 11:50 AM   #3
When I lived in Maryland there was a place out near Cockeysville that right around this time of year if the rains cooperated these guys were so populous in and around the temporary pools that you needed to be careful not to step on them. Might not be that way today, as I heard some boneheaded professor at one of the local colleges had gone out there and collected a LOT of them and pickled them all. Some of the people who were really pissed at the guy talked about filling a 55 gallon drum with formaldehyde and shoving HIM into it one night.
Old 05-18-2013, 08:12 PM   #4
Originally Posted by WingedSweetheart View Post
Also have a pond that herds of them come to mate in.
You gave me a fantastic mental picture of herds of salamanders!
Wish I was good enough with Photoshop to make it happen....

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