Spotted Salamanders prefer hardwood forests and breed in semipermanent ponds without fish. The Spotted Salamander is a burrowing species, and is rarely seen except during breeding aggregations. They breed during the winter and early spring when adults migrate from their burrows to pools during winter rains.
The spotted salamander is found in most states in the eastern half of the U.S. It is widely distrubuted in Georgia.
Georgia Wildlife Web
USGS Checklist of Amphibian Species and Identification Guide