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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 />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/127800/lead-backed_salamander_-_plethodon_cinereus.html Geotagged,Plethodon cinereus,Red-backed salamander,Spring,United States

    comments (2)

  1. Healing hands Posted 13 days ago
    1. It definitely enjoyed the warmth and perked right up after a couple minutes. Posted 12 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 12:15 in 46 East St, Litchfield, CT 06759, USA.
  • Canon EOS 90D
  • f/13.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO1600
  • 100mm