Name: Andy G
How many eggs does a salamander lay?
This question is for my 9 year old daughter for her 4th grade class.
There are many species of salamanders and the number can vary quite a bit.
The eastern tiger salamander, which is probably the most common species in
northern Illinois, may be typical. Each cluster may contain 25 to 100 eggs.
Some other species lay clusters with fewer eggs, from 6 to 30 for the
small-mouthed salamander. The hellbender, a very large salamander, lays 300
to 400. (This information is from The Amphibians and Reptiles of Illinois,
Phillip W. Smith, 1961)
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