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Blue Ridge Two-Lined Salamander

Fact File

Scientific Name: Eurycea wilderae

Classification: Amphibian

Conservation Status:

Size: Up to 4.5 inches

Identifying Characteristics

Blue Ridge Two-lined Salamanders are bright yellow to orange, with two dark stripes, one running down either side and onto the tail. The dark stripe extends less than half way down the tail before breaking into short dashes and spots.


Blue Ridge Two-lined Salamander is a high elevation species known from Washington, Smyth, Carroll, and Grayson counties in southwestern Virginia. They inhabit streams in the fall to early spring. During the summer, it is not uncommon to find them dispersed into the surrounding forest.

Did You Know?

The Blue Ridge Two-lined Salamander was once considered a subspecies of the Northern Two-lined Salamander.

Role in the Web of Life

Blue Ridge Two-lined Salamanders forage at night for small invertebrates. Mating occurs in the fall and early spring when they congregate at streams. Females attach their white eggs to the underside of rocks in the stream and remain with them until they hatch in the late spring to summer.


Tier III Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Virginia’s Wildlife Action Plan.


Last updated: January 22, 2024

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