Life Cycle of the Blue-spotted Salamander. Blue-spotted Salamander . The blue spotted salamander is a mole salamander and is generally found under logs and damp leaves. Please allow the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program to continue to conserve the biodiversity of Massachusetts with a contribution for Blue-spotted Salamanders have recently been the subject of observation by citizen scientists at Schlitz Audubon. Up to 14 cm in length, their skin is bluish-black. Current Status and Protection. 0 comments Chytrid fungus is a danger to it, along with siltation of habitat and chemical runoff in streams. They live for 12 years in former state and for about 32 years in the latter. The species has also been designated as a Specially Protected Amphibian under the Ontario Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act which offers protection to individuals but not their habitat. Neither the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario nor the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada have assessed the status of the spotted salamander. The Wetlands Ecology and Management (2005) population projections for spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) life tables imply that an annual risk of road mortality for adults of greater then 10% can lead to local population extirpation. If you live in an area with a population of spotted salamanders, you can help by keeping an eye out for salamanders that are crossing the road. Life Span of Blue Spotted Salamander. Blue-spotted salamander eggs are laid in small clusters. blue spotted salamanders are not a fully aquatic species. The salamanders have different life spans in wild and captivity. It breeds in temporary woodland ponds, which sometimes dry up before the larvae get a chance to metamorphose. Spotted salamanders, and other Ambystoma salamanders (marbled, blue-spotted, and Jefferson salamanders) depend on vernal pool habitats to lay their eggs because these habitats maintain water long enough for larval salamanders to develop but because vernal pools generally dry by late summer these areas lack reproducing populations of predatory fish. The salamander is successfully being bred in captivity and released into the wild. Fact Sheet – p. 2 . A Species of Greatest Conservation Need in the Massachusetts State Wildlife Action Plan . What You Can Do to Help. Based on what volunteers have found, there is good news to share about this little creature and its significance to the Center. The blue-spotted salamander is the name of this creature, and it is quite easy to identify with its black, irregularly spotted body and light blue on its limbs, sides, belly and tail. The marbled salamander is a member of the mole salamander family, which includes the spotted salamander. Spotted salamanders are also at risk of being run over by cars when they cross streets to reach their breeding grounds. Unlike the other members of its family, which breed during early spring, marbled salamanders emerge from their underground homes in early fall to migrate to their breeding grounds. As with most salamanders species, Blue-spotted salamanders cannot tolerate dry habitats. Conservation Status of Blue Spotted Salamander. The Blue Spotted Salamander is among the least endangered of the salamander species as per the report by IUCN.