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    Marbled Salamanders have all but disappeared from the greater Atlanta area.
    Despite being stable throughout most of its range, Marbled Salamanders have only been detected in 2 small wetlands in the metro Atlanta region. We are working with area partners to restore habitat and return this beautiful species to the greenspaces of Atlanta.

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Species
Ambystoma opacum

Range
Marbled Salamanders are found throughout the eastern US but are absent from SE Georgia, peninsular FL, & the higher elevations of the Appalachians.

Habitat
Marbled Salamanders share much of the same old growth deciduous forest habitat with Spotted Salamanders, but are seasonally differentiated by breeding in the fall (opposed to Spotted Salamanders, which breed in the winter and early spring).

Recovery Plan
The Amphibian Foundation has identified Marbled Salamanders (a species of least concern throughout most their range), as in need of concern in the metro Atlanta region. This species historically occured throughout the Georgia Piedmont, and has only been detected in 2 small ephemeral wetlands in the south of metro Atlanta. The Foundation is working with area partners to restore habitat, and potentially release captive produced offspring into properly managed habitat.


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Did You Know?

Marbled Salamanders and Flatwoods Salamanders are the only species known to breed in dry ponds?.

It's an interesting strategy for sure, and by focusing on the successful captive propagation of Marbled Salamanders we gain greater insight into the reproductive biology of Flatwoods Salamanders, as well as other pond breeding amphibians.

AF in the Field

Flatwoods Salamander Recovery Team 2017 - Eglin AFB

Flatwoods Salamander Recovery Team 2017 - Eglin AFB

John Jensen and Cottonmouth -  Ocmulgee

John Jensen and Cottonmouth - Ocmulgee

Agkistrodon piscivorus
Fall Line SandHills WMA 2017

Fall Line SandHills WMA 2017

Ryan Myers - Fall Line WMA

Ryan Myers - Fall Line WMA

John Jensen with Gopher - Frog Fall Line WMA

John Jensen with Gopher - Frog Fall Line WMA

Lithobates capito
KSU Biology Mole Salamander Team - Pigeon Mountain WMA

KSU Biology Mole Salamander Team - Pigeon Mountain WMA

Ambystoma talpoideum
John Jensen And Leslie Phillips - Fort Stewart

John Jensen And Leslie Phillips - Fort Stewart

Ambystoma cingulatum
Ryan Means, Leslie Phillips and John Jensen - Fall Line WMA

Ryan Means, Leslie Phillips and John Jensen - Fall Line WMA

Notophthalmus perstriatus
Newt Marking Team - Monson Sandhills

Newt Marking Team - Monson Sandhills

Notophthalmus perstriatus
John Jensen with Marbled Salamanders - Ocmulgee

John Jensen with Marbled Salamanders - Ocmulgee

Ambystoma opacum
Ryan Means And Leslie Phillips - Fall Line WMA

Ryan Means And Leslie Phillips - Fall Line WMA

Notophthalmus perstriatus
Anthony Mandica and John Jensen - Mayhaw

Anthony Mandica and John Jensen - Mayhaw

Hyla gratiosa