Park Rambles - Indiana County Parks & Trails

Tiny Volcanoes

The sperm deposits of the male Spotted Salamander remind us of tiny volcanoes. The deposits, known as spermatophores, are left by the male in hopes that a female will be enticed to use them to fertilize her eggs. These one we temporarily removed from the water to get a better photo.

Sometimes the males will lay spermatophores on top of others to try and beat out the competition.