Scientific Name: Desmognathus organi
- Species of Greatest Conservation Need-Tier 3a on the Virginia Wildlife Action Plan
- State Special Concern
Size: Up to 2 inches
This small salamander is red brown to copper, with black chevrons down the back and a narrowly rounded snout. The tail is round in cross section. Belly is flesh colored.
Did You Know?
The Northern Pygmy Salamander is the smallest salamander in Virginia.
Role in the Web of Life
Mating occurs in the fall and spring with the female laying clusters of eggs attached to rocks in seeps and streams where water will flow over the eggs, and sites where flowing water is not available, in underground retreats at depths up to 12 inches. Females remain with eggs until they hatch. Shortly before hatching, embryos absorb their gills and there is no aquatic larval stage. They forage late at night (often in trees) on a variety of invertebrates.
Tier III Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Virginia’s Wildlife Action Plan.
Last updated: February 22, 2021