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Photo of a four-toed salamander on a mossy rock.

Four-Toed Salamander

A glacial relict in Missouri’s eastern Ozarks, the four-toed salamander lives among mosses in heavily forested streams and creeks and sinkhole ponds. In the northern part of its range, this salamander lives in peat bogs.

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Photo of a four-toed salamander on a mossy rock.

Four-Toed Salamander

Hemidactylium scutatum
A glacial relict in Missouri’s eastern Ozarks, the four-toed salamander lives among mosses in heavily forested streams and creeks and sinkhole ponds. In the northern part of its range, this salamander lives in peat bogs.

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Grotto Salamander

Video of a grotto salamander.

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Image of a grotto salamander

Grotto Salamander

Eurycea spelaea
Many people know Missouri as “the cave state,” and the grotto salamander is Missouri’s only species of blind salamander. A true troglobite, it lives in total darkness and has small eyes that are completely or partially covered by their pink or beige skin.

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hellbender, a large brown salamander resting in gravelly streambed

Hellbender

Cryptobranchus alleganiensis
You might think they’re ugly by human standards, but these giant amphibians are a unique part of our wildlife heritage; they direly need help, or they might become extinct within twenty years.

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Manage your Ozark streams to help this endangered species.

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Photo of a long-tailed salamander on a rotten log.

Long-Tailed Salamander

Eurycea longicauda longicauda
The long-tailed salamander and closely related dark-sided salamander are agile and can escape predators by using their tails for quick jumps. They live in the southern and eastern parts of Missouri.

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Photo of a long-tailed salamander on a rotten log.

Long-Tailed Salamander

The long-tailed salamander is agile and can escape predators by using its tail for quick jumps. This species occurs in southeastern Missouri but not in the Mississippi Lowlands of the Bootheel.

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Marbled Salamander

Ambystoma opacum
Unlike many of its close relatives, this salamander breeds in the autumn instead of early spring, and on land instead of in water. Females lay their eggs near a pond, curl protectively around them, then wait until rains make the pond water high enough to cover the eggs.

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