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mole salamanders


There are about 30 species of mole salamanders . Mole salamanders are found only in North America. They are mostly medium-sized salamanders with thick bodies, tails, and robust legs. They have smooth, shiny skin that is often patterned with spots and stripes. They are called mole salamanders because of their habit of burrowing under leaf litter, under logs, or in burrows. They generally stay in their moist, forested habitats, hunting small invertebrates. They return to bodies of water only to breed in the spring.

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