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Lead-backed Salamander - Plethodon cinereus I nearly stepped on this salamander. It appeared sick/dead/frozen/injured. I have no idea what it was doing. So, I picked it up, warmed it in my hands, and thankfully, it recovered. I let it go after a few minutes and it scampered off.<br />
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Plethodon cinereus exhibits color polymorphism with two common color variations - the &#039;red-backed&#039; variety has a red dorsal stripe that tapers towards the tail and the &#039;lead-backed&#039; variety lacks most or all of the red pigmentation. This spotting shows the lead-backed variety.<br />
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Habitat: Mixed forest<br />
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Plethodon cinereus exhibits color polymorphism with two common color variations - the &#039;red-backed&#039; variety has a red dorsal stripe that tapers towards the tail and the &#039;lead-backed&#039; variety lacks most or all of the red pigmentation. This spotting shows the lead-backed variety.<br />
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Habitat: Mixed forest<br />
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Lead-backed Salamander - Plethodon cinereus

I nearly stepped on this salamander. It appeared sick/dead/frozen/injured. I have no idea what it was doing. So, I picked it up, warmed it in my hands, and thankfully, it recovered. I let it go after a few minutes and it scampered off.

Plethodon cinereus exhibits color polymorphism with two common color variations - the 'red-backed' variety has a red dorsal stripe that tapers towards the tail and the 'lead-backed' variety lacks most or all of the red pigmentation. This spotting shows the lead-backed variety.

Habitat: Mixed forest

Lead-backed Salamander - Plethodon cinereus I nearly stepped on this salamander. It appeared sick/dead/frozen/injured. I have no idea what it was doing. So, I picked it up, warmed it in my hands, and thankfully, it recovered. I let it go after a few minutes and it scampered off.<br />
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Plethodon cinereus exhibits color polymorphism with two common color variations - the 'red-backed' variety has a red dorsal stripe that tapers towards the tail and the 'lead-backed' variety lacks most or all of the red pigmentation. This spotting shows the lead-backed variety.<br />
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Habitat: Mixed forest<br />
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    comments (11)

  1. Now that you started this, you have to do it every day. Posted 13 days ago
    1. I would gladly snuggle random creatures everyday. Posted 12 days ago
  2. Healing Hands. I happen to be a Reiki Teacher/Master in the Japanese Tradition. :-) Posted 13 days ago, modified 13 days ago
    1. Are you really?! That is SO COOL. Posted 12 days ago
    2. Wow! I wish I could be closer to you when I have one of my headaches :-) Posted 11 days ago
  3. So nice! Posted 12 days ago
    1. Thanks! The poor thing was so cold! I can understand why it was lying on the ground and in distress like that. I would be too if I had no clothes on in that chilly weather. Posted 12 days ago
      1. Thank God you could help her! It may be it was not able to find shelter and the cold weather almost froze her! Posted 11 days ago
        1. It must be so difficult to survive in nature. Modern day humans (many of us, at least) have it so easy...I say this as I am snuggled under a cozy blanket in my heated home with copius first world comforts. It was -26C here last night and I was so distressed just thinking about all the creatures shivering outside. Posted 11 days ago
          1. Yes, indeed! We are seeing again this Dual Survival series in the Discovery Channel and it reminds you how hard it is to survive with nothing, in the middle of the woods or wherever. Many say animals are adapted but they don't have a choice and for sure many don't make it through the winter :-/ but what can we do, is nature... Posted 11 days ago
            1. That show sounds interesting...I'll check it out! Posted 10 days ago

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The red-backed salamander is a species of small, hardy woodland salamander in the family Plethodontidae. The species inhabits wooded slopes in eastern North America, west to Missouri, south to North Carolina, and north from southern Quebec and the Maritime provinces in Canada to Minnesota.

Similar species: Salamanders
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Jan 13, 2022. Captured May 10, 2021 12:16 in 46 East St, Litchfield, CT 06759, USA.
  • Canon EOS 90D
  • f/13.0
  • 1/166s
  • ISO800
  • 100mm