salamander larva

A tadpole with gills! No, it's not a mutant; it s a salamander larva. In a few weeks, it will lose the gills, get flecks and spots and crawl out of the pond. Unlike frogs and tadpoles, salamanders have teeth. They're hungry carnivores so teeth help them catch their prey of fairy shrimp, mosquitoes and other insects. The adult salamander can be found under damp logs, in leaves and even deep underground where it feeds on worms and other soil invertebrates. Salamanders are active at night. Watch for them in early spring when they mate with much tail thrashing and rolling in the water. Learn about the tiger salamander or the redback salamander.

Blue-spotted salamander on a rock
This colorful critter is one of three Wisconsin species of mole salamanders.
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Red-backed Salamander
Not only does it live on land its whole life, it doesn't have lungs or gills and breathes right through its skin!
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Eastern Tiger Salamander
This salamander is the world's-largest land-dwelling salamander.
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Four-toed Salamander
The four-toed salamander is called the four-toed salamander because it has four toes on its hind feet.
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Spotted Salamander
This black or dark brown salamander (another of the mole salamanders) has prominent yellow spots along its body.
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