Mole Salamander - Ambystoma talpoideum

Mole Salamander

*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.


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Subspecies: No subspecies recognized.

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Louisiana Range:  Scattered records throughout central and northern Louisiana as well as the Florida Parishes, uncommon in the Mississippi River floodplain.

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Global Conservation Status:  Mole Salamanders have a relatively wide distribution in the southeastern United States and a presumed large population, and thus, are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Mole Salamanders do not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks: I have only found this species in Louisiana from Kisatchie National Forest in Natchitoches Parish, a location in the Tunica Hills of West Feliciana Parish, and in Kisatchie National Forest near Stuart Lake in Grant Parish in 2018.

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