Why the female marbled salamander must abandon her eggs in order to survive.
- Unlike most salamanders, the marbled salamander reproduces entirely on land.
- The male drops sperm onto the ground that is absorbed by the female.
- The female lays her eggs in the moist undergrowth near the river - she leaves the eggs to fend for themselves.
- The larvae break through the egg as tadpoles.
This is the distinctive marbled salamander.
Most salamanders breed in water. Unusually, the marbled salamander reproduces entirely on land, favouring dried-up pools, and ditches.
The male marbled salamander deposits sperm onto the ground, which is quickly absorbed by the female.
In the moist undergrowth near the river, the female presides over 50-100 ...
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