how to draw a spotted salamander
Step 3. How to Draw a Spotted Salamander
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Uploaded: September 26, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: June 20, 2010
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In this tutorial I will be showing you how to draw a spotted salamander which is another amphibian that I will add to the list of tutorials. The spotted salamander is probably one of the biggest of its breed and one of the hardest to spot. These slimy looking slick carnivores can range in size between seven and nine inches long. The spotted salamander can be found in eastern Canada and throughout the eastern and mid western United States. These amphibians live under rocks or logs and sometimes in the burrows of other forest animals. Since they only really come out at night, I guess you can call them a nocturnal animal. The reason why they come out only in the night time hours is mainly because that is when they feed and mate. Salamanders mate during spring like most animals do. These little big guys will actually travel great distances just to lay their eggs in pools made from heavy rains as well as ponds. Even though they are slimy looking, these animals are very beautiful in a weird way. Their colors are very vivid and bold and are usually bluish-black with two uneven rows of yellow or orange spots that extend from the head all the way to the tail. How do these small spotted creatures defend themselves you ask? Well, like all other salamanders they have a noxious, milky toxin that is released from the glands on their backs and tails. What this does is, make themselves undesirable to any predator that usually feasts upon amphibians on a regular basis. As with any reptile the salamander has a diet that consists of insects, worms, slugs, spiders, and millipedes. Because they are so small and well hidden, they have an average lifespan of twenty years. If you look at these animals they resemble a bit like geckos don’t they? This tutorial will show you "how to draw a salamander", step by step. I created my own design of the markings while keeping the color of the amphibian its normal tone. I hope you enjoy this tutorial I will be back with two more in a bit so keep your pants and stay drawing.