Spotted Salamander - Ambystoma maculatum


*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.


Similar Species: 

Species Range: 

Louisiana Range:  Central and northern Louisiana as well as the Florida Parishes, but absent along the coastal parishes and uncommon in parishes of the Mississippi River floodplain.


Natural History: 

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Global Conservation Status:  Spotted Salamanders have a relatively wide distribution in eastern North America 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:  Spotted 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, Vernon, Raides, and Grant Parishes. I found this species outside KNF in late 2019 at Walter B. Jacobs Park in Caddo Parish, and in late 2022 at Sicily Island Hills WMA.

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