Scientific Name: Plethodon wehrlei
Size: Up to 6.5 inches
Diet: This salamander forages at night within low vegetation for ants, mites, spiders, beetles, and other terrestrial invertebrates.
The body is dark brown to brownish black with small scattered white spots on the back. Sides have bluish white to yellow spots and blotches. Belly is uniformly gray, except for the throat and chest, which often have white or yellowish markings. Hind feet are more deeply webbed in comparison to most other woodland salamanders.This salamander forages at night for ants, mites, spiders, beetles, and other terrestrial invertebrates.
Did You Know?
In 2019, the Blacksburg Salamander (P. jacksoni) of the Wehrle’s Salamander complex was proposed for species recognition. In Virginia, it is only known to occur in Montgomery County.
Role in the Web of Life
Active on the surface from March to October, except at higher elevations where the activity period doesn’t begin until May. Mating occurs in the fall and spring with females laying 7–24 eggs in March or April.
Last updated: August 19, 2023
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