Tag Archives: Ambystoma maculata

Reptile and amphibian updates

Three reptile and amphibian events over the week that must be acknowledged by the general world population. Event one: A pond turtle has nested inconveniently close to the neighbor’s driveway. There is no news on what type of pond turtle it … Continue reading

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Still growing

The spotted salamander larva is still growing. It hatched a month ago on April 3. All but one were released back to nearby pools. Its back legs now function quite well, although they are pretty much just threads and so not particularly … Continue reading

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Algae, embroidered

Oophila amblystomatis, which translates as the amblystoma infecting egg loving algae, is a fresh water algae which grows in ponds and ditches. It seems to be mostly found in North America. When the ponds dry up, it will form a cyst … Continue reading

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Freedom!

The spotted salamanders hatched on April 3, after 25 days in the egg. 11 out of 14 successfully hatched. April 7. You always need a scale picture. Little bugger, ain’t it? Food is even tinier, and mostly consists switching out … Continue reading

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They’re ALIVE!

And not just growing. Movement started at approximately 7 days. Cool, eh? Arm and gill buds showed up after a week and a half. And now at two weeks, they all have proper arms and hands and show a nice occasional … Continue reading

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First balls, then pistachios and now slugs

The spotted salamander embryos continue to grow. They started as undifferentiated balls. They were probably laid on March 14, 2015, so this photo is 2 days after conception. Pistachio stage. This seems to be called “neutralization” but that is up to … Continue reading

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Spotted salamanders, now with spines!

As in backbones. Okay, no backbones yet, but you can see them forming in a pistachio like manner. These were collected on March 18, and were undifferentiated at that point. So this occurred within three days. The fatter end of … Continue reading

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