Scientific Name: Plethodon hubrichti
- Species of Greatest Conservation Need-Tier 1a on the Virginia Wildlife Action Plan
- Federal Species of Concern, State Special Concern
Size: Up to 5 inches
The body is uniformly dark brown to black with variable brassy flecks on the back that look like moss. Sides may have small spots. Belly is dark brown to gray.
Did You Know?
While female Peaks of Otter Salamanders at higher elevations will only reproduce biennially, females at lower elevations will reproduce annually.
Role in the Web of Life
Surface activity peaks on warm rainy or humid nights with only about 3–5% of the population typically active. They forage on a variety of invertebrates, and are occasionally found climbing trees. Home range is only a few square feet. Females deposit 1–12 eggs in June and remain with their clutch until hatching occurs in August or September.
Tier I Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Virginia’s Wildlife Action Plan. A 1994 Conservation Agreement protects this species and its habitat.
Last updated: February 22, 2021