Scientific Name: Plethodon sherando
- Because it is extremely range restricted and vulnerable to stochastic events, NatureServe lists it as G2 - Imperiled. IUCN lists it as Vulnerable.
Size: Up to 5 inches
Life Span: Unknown
Diet: Small invertebrates are most likely its primary prey.
Similar in appearance to the Red-backed Salamander, but with a wider head and longer limbs. The body is dark gray to black with small white flecks on the sides. Belly usually has more white than black and the stripe on the back often has less red than the Red-backed Salamander. Striped and unstriped phases both occur.
Did You Know?
This species wasn’t known about until 2004. For a long time it was misidentified as a Red-backed Salamander.
Role in the Web of Life
Active throughout the year, except during extreme periods of drought or cold. Mating occurs between November and March. Females lay 1–14 eggs in the late spring and remain with the clutch until they hatch in August or September. Feeds on a variety of invertebrates.
Because it is extremely range restricted and vulnerable to stochastic events, NatureServe lists it as G2 – Imperiled. IUCN lists it as Vulnerable.
Last updated: August 19, 2023
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