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
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.