Scientific Name: Desmognathus welteri
Size: Up to 6.75 inches
The Black Mountain Salamander is usually light brown with varying amounts of black to dark brown spotting on the back. The belly is whitish with light brown to gray speckling. The gradation from the darker back to the lighter belly is very gradual. The tips of the toes are dark colored.
Role in the Web of Life
Mating probably occurs in spring. In June, females deposit 20–30 eggs in clusters inside leaf-litter packs and under rocks and logs along stream banks, and will attend the eggs until they hatch in September. Larvae transform the following summer. Adults feed on a variety of invertebrates.
Species appears to be secure in Virginia.
Last updated: August 19, 2023
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