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Just Sayin’ Salamanders in Maryland?

black and yellow salamander walking on leaves

Maryland is famous for many things, Babe Ruth, amazing seafood, and beautiful views. When thinking about what makes Maryland the "Old Line State," are you telling me the salamander wasn't something on your list? Shocking! Maryland, surprisingly, is home to roughly 20 species of salamanders. Here's what you need to know about salamanders of Maryland.

First and foremost, the salamanders of Maryland are essentailly harmless to humans, disregarding annoyance. The only way to be effected by a salamander is if you ingest its secretions, so make sure to exclude it from the menu of your next dinner party. If you happen to come into contact with a salamander, just be sure to wash your hands before rubbing your eyes or touching your mouth. Salamanders are cryptic, bashful creatures that just want to be left alone. You can typically find them hermiting in rivers, streams, logs, and under rocks.

Salamanders breed in water, so one way to inhibit their breeding is to clear your home or yard of standing fresh water. This lowers the chance that you may find one of these slimy guys in your home. One way to find out if you have a salamander squatting in your home is from the droppings they may leave. They may look a lot like what a bird would leave behind, but without the cooing and feathers. Just like any other animal, the salamnder has to do its business, and this has not been known to be a major disruption to humans. Fear not, salamanders won't come to your house in search of rugs, clothing, or upholstery. As one could imagine, the salamander only feasts on insects, worms, and sometimes even other salamanders. Having these guys in your backyard doesn't sound too bad when they double as pest control! Salamanders do not hibernate, so as the cold Maryland weather approaches, these critters will take up shop in someone else's warmer backyard.

As we previously stated, roughly 20 species of salamanders inhibit the "Old Line State." Some species of Maryland, such as the Eastern Tiger salamander and the Green salamander, are actually catergorized as endangered specices. Others like the Eastern Mud salamander or the Jefferson salamander are rare, and on the Maryland Watchlist. You may not go to trial and plead your case to a jury, but remember to be contientious of their endangerment if you ever find yourself plotting their demise. If you have a serious issue arise, make sure to reach out to the team at BOG Pest Control. They are the pros, the one's who know exactly what to do! To check out more about Marylands Salamander population, check out this website. For now, humans, stay safe. Salamanders, stay slimy.

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