Scientific Name: Plethodon ventralis
- Species of Greatest Conservation Need-Tier 2a on the Virginia Wildlife Action Plan
Size: Up to 3.5 inches
The body is typically brownish to dark gray, but can be highly variable in both color and pattern. Individuals may have a wavy dorsal stripe that extends onto the tail or no stripe at all. The sides have light flecks. A pale reddish-orange patch occurs around the shoulder. Belly is a mix of orange, red, black and white specks. Snout is blunt.
Did You Know?
Although this species bypasses the aquatic larval stage like other Plethodon salamanders, it is not uncommon to find hatchlings with remnant gill buds.
Role in the Web of Life
Breeding occurs in both spring and fall with females laying 1–10 eggs, which she will guard until they hatch approximately 3 months later.
Tier II Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Virginia’s Wildlife Action Plan.
Last updated: August 19, 2023
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