Larva Salamander Identification Help!

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This larva is from Missouri and is 2 inches long. My top guesses are eastern newt, spotted salamander or marbled salamander. Help appreciated!

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If you're looking for a second opinion; out of the three, I'd say spotted. Could be marbled? Don't THINK Eastern, just on the basis of the patterning? Hard to kind of see the tail patterning exactly, but marbled seems to be a bit more... regular?

I could be totally wrong in every sense. I live in the UK and there's only 3 species of newt here, so it's not as hard and I have pretty much no newt experience elsewhere, but just from looking around; the patterning on your newt seems largely irregular and more or less just ubiquitously brown, which seems to correlate more to spotted.


That's the image I found that seemed closest to yours and it's spotted. Eastern seems to have a faint, almost slightly leopard-print pattern on the tail margins and marbled, as I say seems to have slightly more regular patterning along the tail. Like, a faint, broken up line running laterally across it.

Definitely seek further guidance though, as, as I say, I'm certainly not an expert!
 

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If you're looking for a second opinion; out of the three, I'd say spotted. Could be marbled? Don't THINK Eastern, just on the basis of the patterning? Hard to kind of see the tail patterning exactly, but marbled seems to be a bit more... regular?

I could be totally wrong in every sense. I live in the UK and there's only 3 species of newt here, so it's not as hard and I have pretty much no newt experience elsewhere, but just from looking around; the patterning on your newt seems largely irregular and more or less just ubiquitously brown, which seems to correlate more to spotted.


That's the image I found that seemed closest to yours and it's spotted. Eastern seems to have a faint, almost slightly leopard-print pattern on the tail margins and marbled, as I say seems to have slightly more regular patterning along the tail. Like, a faint, broken up line running laterally across it.

Definitely seek further guidance though, as, as I say, I'm certainly not an expert!
thank you! I also saw that picture. More answers will be appreciated
 

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I agree they look exactly like the spotted salamander larvae I raised. Definitely a little on the thin side, I would feed some chopped blackworm to fatten the little guys up a bit!
 

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I agree they look exactly like the spotted salamander larvae I raised. Definitely a little on the thin side, I would feed some chopped blackworm to fatten the little guys up a bit!
i feed them frozen blood worm and frozen brine shrimp daily. I did order blood worm once but they arrived dead and the reshipment also came dead :/ I can't afford more as I'm not an adult. I am going to do the pond water method sometimes soon. Imma try to feed twice daily instead now. Thanks for the help!
 
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    based on this video what type of salamander might this larva be? I suspect either eastern newt or spotted salamander
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    they are from missouri
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