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Hi all,


I have seen a number of Spotted Salamanders shortly after metamorphosis, and they usually did not look like this -- they usually have less distinct yellow spots at this stage, and are positioned a bit differently.



Do you think this is an A. maculatum? I think it is it, but not 100% sure.


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Picture isn't working, however I will note that the majority of my morphs have been deep olive with some gold flocking at morph, but a few have been more of a charcoal with almost no hint of spotting, as well as one individual who has yet to morph but is primarily charcoal with somewhat distinctive golden spotting.
All of my new morphs have attained adult colouration rather quickly, and the spotting patterns have been extremely diverse- from one almost melanistic individual all the way through one who was absolutely covered in spots. Both had that colouring by 2 or 2.25in MAX.
 

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pretty sure it is a spotted now, after running it past other people who would know.


guess i goofed on how to use imgur. what link are you supposed to use. [sorry no question mark or other characters that require shift key - computer malfunction after spilling milk on it] i'm not good at using imgur yet.
 

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Image still won't load for me, But I have heard tales of Spotteds' that don't have a single spot. :)
 

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Image still won't load for me, But I have heard tales of Spotteds' that don't have a single spot. :)


I mostly asked because I usually see spots that look more pale at this point -- and they usually seem located differently.



As I said before, I ran the photo past others, including herpetologists who specialize in amphibians and specialize in amphibians, and they said it was a spotted.


I gave up Imgur this time and used the attachment option.
 

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