VMNH Research Associate Jason Gibson ...

VMNH Research Associate Jason Gibson ...

VMNH Research Associate Jason Gibson, who is also a member of the Virginia Herpetological Society, recently spotted several marbled salamanders (Ambystoma opacum) at Dan Daniel Park in Danville! These striking mole salamanders spend most of their time hiding in burrows or beneath logs, but according to Jason, the females are now arriving at dry vernal pools (small wetland areas that are filled with shallow water in winter and spring but are often dry in summer and fall) to lay their eggs. The females will stay with the eggs and guard them until the pool fills with water. Thanks for sharing, Jason!

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