Despite being fairly large and having an extremely broad range, the spotted salamander is actually pretty hard to, well, spot.
They can reach 9 inches (23 centimetres) in length and are prevalent in mature deciduous forests from eastern Canada throughout the eastern and midwestern United States. But these secretive salamanders spend almost their entire lives hidden under rocks or logs or in the burrows of other forest animals.
Average life span in the wild: Up to 20 years
Size: 7 in (18 cm)
Did you know? Spotted salamanders return to the same mating pool via the same route every year.
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