Blue-spotted Salamander

Species Name: Abystoma laterale


Species Distribution in Massachusetts


Federal Rank: None

Massachusetts State Rank: Special Concern

Habitat Description

Relatively mature deciduous and mixed deciduous-coniferous forests and woodlands with sandy to loamy soils. Low elevation sites are preferred, often in association with glacial outwash deposits, extensive swamp forests (cedar or maple), or swampy floodplain forests. Vernal pools, shrub swamps, wooded swamps, and floodplain swamps and marshes are used by adults for breeding and by larvae for growth and development. Seem to prefer swamps with relatively long hydroperiods, dark water, and moderate to high densities of multi-stemmed shrubs.

Threats to Survival

Habitat loss, habitat degradation, road mortality and emerging infectious disease.

Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival

Develop or maintain mature forest conditions within approximately 1,000 feet of confirmed and potential breeding wetlands, preventing altering hydrology of breeding wetlands, preservation of populations that do not contain unisexual Ambystoma, preventing the spread of amphibian pathogens and infectious disease and preventing intermixing with exotic species brought in as pets.