Scientific Name: Desmognathus ochrophaeus
Size: Up to 4 inches
This smaller Dusky Salamander is highly variable in coloration. The back may be light to dark gray, but a broad yellow, brown or red stripe may be present. Large adults may be a uniform dark gray. The tail is rounded in cross section, all the way to the tip.
Did You Know?
Adults will aggressively defend their territory against other salamanders, including members of their own species.
Role in the Web of Life
Mating occurs in spring, summer or fall. Females attach their eggs to the roof of a small underground depression, and remain with them until hatching. Larvae live in seeps or shallow slow-moving portions of streams for several weeks to eight months before metamorphosis. They feed on small invertebrates. Adults emerge from cover just after sunset and actively move about in search of small terrestrial invertebrates.
Species appears to be secure in Virginia.
Last updated: February 22, 2021