Ambystoma laterale (Blue-spotted Salamander) found inside a well-decomposed conifer log.
Found inside a well-decomposed moist balsam fir log in a mixed deciduous-coniferous forest on May 19, 2017. One of the "mole salamanders" which typically burrow into loose soil and rotting wood. I have seldom found this species in the area possibly because of the scarcity of vernal pools which it uses for larval development.
The blue-spotted salamander is a mole salamander native to the Great Lakes states and northeastern United States, and parts of Ontario and Quebec in Canada. Their range is known to extend to James Bay to the north, and southeastern Manitoba to the west.