Ringed Salamander (Ambystoma annulatum)
Ringed salamanders generally reach lengths between 5.5 and 7 inches and vary in coloration from dark brown to nearly black, with yellow, buff or whitish rings. The rings can be quite variable, often incomplete, vertical light bars or elongated spots. They may also be of variable color, even on one individual. The lower side of the body is usually gray with lighter spotting or an irregular pattern.
The ringed salamander is native to the hardwood and mixed hardwood-pine forests in the Ozark Plateau and Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. While most are found near Hot Springs, Arkansas, and the Ozark Plateau of Missouri, small groups of ringed salamanders have also been found in western Illinois and eastern Oklahoma.
It is found under leaves, in rotten logs, and in deserted underground burrows of other animals. They prefer to live in damp forested areas, often around small, shallow ponds.
Ambystoma Annulatam is currently classified Least Concern by the IUCN.