Amphibian Species Accountsfor Metro Atlanta

Information on each species native to Metro Atlanta, including identification characteristics — with images of adults, eggs, larvae and juveniles. Also wetland type, seasonality and frog calls.

  • Adult Colorchunk

Ambystoma talpoideum 

The occurrence of Mole Salamanders in the metro Atlanta region is currently only PREDICTED based on recent findings of the species in other areas of the Georgia Piedmont and to the north, so it would be an exciting find for our MAAMP surveys. They will breed in seasonal ponds as well as permanent wetlands without predatory fish. They breed from fall until early spring. Mole Salamanders can also become facultatively paedomorphic (retain juvenile characteristics into adulthood) and become sexually reproductive in their larval form. These paedomorphic Mole Salamanders reach sexual maturity before metamorphosis through a process called progenesis. These progenic gilled adults breed earlier in the year than their terrestrial conspecifics.

Mole Salamanders are PREDICTED to occur in both Fulton and Dekalb counties.

 

Eggs

Eggs

Larva

Larva

Metamorph

Metamorph

Progenic Adult

Progenic Adult

Progenic Adult

Progenic Adult

Metamorphosed Paedomorph

Metamorphosed Paedomorph

Variations of the Mole Salamander

Adult Dorsal
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