spotted salamander


Definition of spotted salamander

: a common salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) of eastern North America with glossy black skin spotted with yellow or orange on the back

Examples of spotted salamander in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The team observed juvenile spotted salamanders in almost 20 percent of plants surveyed; many traps contained more than one, with a total count of 35 individuals. National Geographic, "Carnivorous plants eat far more salamanders than scientists thought," 12 June 2019 Blue spotted salamanders lay sheets of eggs on the pool floor. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Immersed In Life For Vernal Pool Training," 17 Apr. 2018 Each spring from March to early April, spotted salamanders, woods frogs, spring peepers, Jefferson salamanders and other small amphibians take a journey of one-quarter mile to seasonal vernal pools to lay their eggs. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "Annual amphibian journey program to begin at Summit Metro Parks, if conditions are just right," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of spotted salamander

1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Spotted salamander.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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