Many thanks to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for this handy guide to New York State's salamander population.
Did you know there are 18 species of salamanders?
The vernal salamanders breed in seasonal pools of water, which usually dry out by late summer. These salamanders undergo the life cycle of a typical amphibian starting with egg, hatching to gill-breathing larvae and becoming land dwelling juveniles in just one season.© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™, which is available online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the third guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities™.