Length 4 1/2 – 7 in. (11.5-17.5 cm). This salamander looks somewhat like the spotted salamander species without the yellow spots. Notice, however, the long toes and the sprinkling of small silver-blue specks concentrated on the sides of the body on younger specimens. It lives in moist woodlands throughout most of the state. It is very secretive and seldom seen except in early spring when it enters shallow woodland breeding ponds. The Jefferson Salamander was named in honor of Jefferson College, and hence, indirectly for Thomas Jefferson. He was not only a famous statesman and president, but was also an accomplished naturalist.
Text courtesy of the Ohio Division of Wildlife: https://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/portals/wildlife/pdfs/publications/id%20guides/pub348.pdf