Spotted Salamander

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Despite being fairly large and having an extremely broad range, the spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) is actually pretty hard to, well, spot. They can reach 9 inches (23 centimeters) in length and are prevalent in mature deciduous forests from eastern Canada throughout the eastern and midwestern United States. But these secretive salamanders spend almost their entire lives hidden under rocks or logs or in the burrows of other forest animals.

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