Marbled Salamander


3.4"-5" long, chunky, with dark gray to black above and conspicuous bold white and silvery crossbands.  Belly black.  Males are often brighter than females.  Woodlands, from swampy areas to dry hillsides.  Another pond breeder, but breeds in the fall rather than in the spring, before temporary ponds fill with water.  Rain stimulates migration, adults mate on land, and female lays egges in pond depression.  She guards them as they develop, and leaves when they are flooded in water.  They hatch within a few days.