Ambystoma bishopi

Reticulated Flatwoods Salamander

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Reticulated flatwoods salamanders are moderately-sized, slender salamanders with relatively short, pointed snouts and stout tails. Their heads are small and approximately equal in width to the neck and shoulder region. They weigh 1-12g. Their bodies are black to chocolate-black with fine, irregular, light gray lines or specks that form a reticulate or cross-banded pattern across the back in adults and a scattered and "lichen-like" pattern in recently metamorphosed individuals. Melanistic, uniformly black individuals have been reported. The underside is dark gray to black with a scattering of gray spots or flecks.

Scientific Name

Ambystoma bishopi
Common Name
Reticulated Flatwoods Salamander
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