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    The Amphibian Foundation focuses on the declining urban populations of Spotted Salamanders.
    Spotted Salamanders have precipitously declined in the metro Atlanta region. Our community science program — Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Program — has only detected 2 small seasonal wetlands supporting this species.

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Species
Ambystoma maculatum

Range
Spotted Salamanders are found in mature deciduous forests from eastern Canada throughout the eastern and midwestern United States.

Habitat
Spotted Salamanders live in the uplands of mature decidious forests in eastern North America, and breed in seasonal wetlands (ephemeral ponds, vernal ponds, puddles) that collect water for a few months and dry out completely. These fish-less wetlands are vital for a host of amphibians, invertebrates and other wildlife.

Recovery Plan
Although Spotted Salamanders are considered stable, for the most part, throughout their range, they have been precipitously declining in the metro Atlanta region. Through our community science program, the Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Program — we have only detected 2 seasonal wetlands occupied by this species. Foundation staff have worked with area partners to repatriate the Spotted Salamanders to a third location, and are currently developing the fourth. If successful, we will have doubled the known populations of Spotted Salamanders in Atlanta!


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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