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Spotted Salamander

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Massachusetts is home to 11 species of salamanders and 10 species of frogs and toads. Learn more about these animals using the links below. The most common reason for an amphibian to be brought to Tufts Wildlife Clinic is an injury caused by a dog or cat or some other form of trauma. If you have an injured amphibian, here are some important points to keep in mind:

  • Amphibian skin is very sensitive and delicate. Avoid touching the amphibian with bare hands.
  • Amphibian skin is sensitive to drying out. The best way to transport an amphibian is in a container with a moistened towel placed on the bottom. Be sure to cover the top of the container.
  • If you cannot transport the frog or salamander to Tufts Wildlife Clinic immediately or if the Clinic is not open, keep the frog, toad, or salamander in a warm, quiet place in the covered container until you are able to bring it to the Clinic.
  • It is not necessary to try to feed the frog, toad, or salamander, and it is best not to try to treat any injury you might observe.

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Please Note!

Raising a wild animal in captivity is illegal unless you have a proper state or federal permit.

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Other Reptiles & Amphibians

Reptiles - Snapping Turtle
Snapping Turtles
Caution! Dangerous Animal

Blanding's Turtle, Threatened. Photo by Lori Erb
Blanding’s Turtles
(Photo by Lori Erb)
Diamond-backed Terrapin, Threatened. Photo by MassWildlife.
Diamond-backed Terrapins
(Photo by MassWildlife)
Northern Red-bellied Cooter, Endangered. Photo by MassWildlife.
Northern Red-bellied Cooters
(Photo by MassWildlife)
Bog Turtle, Endangered. Photo by Lori Erb.
Bog Turtles
(Photo by Lori Erb)
Eastern Box Turtle, Special Concern. Photo by Liz Willey.
Eastern Box Turtles
(Special Concern)
(Photo by Liz Willey)
Wood Turtle, Special Concern. Photo by Mike Jones.
Wood Turtles
(Special Concern)
(Photo by Mike Jones)

Reptiles - Spotted Salamander
Spotted Salamanders
Reptiles - Venomous Ma Snakes
Venomous snakes of MA