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Northern Two-lined Salamander Adult salamanders in this family do not have lungs, but take in oxygen through their skin. Physical characteristics include two dark stripes, one along each side. The venter can be translucent, pale yellow, or white. The dorsal surface has a pattern of spots and mottling. This salamander was approximately 6cm long.<br />
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 Reproduction for northern two-lined salamanders begins with an elaborate courtship! It begins as the male pokes the female with his head, coils his body around her head, and then he bites her. Next, they walk entwined for awhile. He will then deposit a sperm packet, which she will pick up with her cloaca (the opening amphibians use for reproduction). Her eggs get internally fertilized. Females lay 30+ eggs underwater, which she will then guard until they hatch.  Eurycea,Eurycea bislineata,Geotagged,Northern Two-lined Salamander,Northern two-lined salamander,Salamander,Two-lined Salamander,United States,Winter Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Northern Two-lined Salamander

Adult salamanders in this family do not have lungs, but take in oxygen through their skin. Physical characteristics include two dark stripes, one along each side. The venter can be translucent, pale yellow, or white. The dorsal surface has a pattern of spots and mottling. This salamander was approximately 6cm long.

Reproduction for northern two-lined salamanders begins with an elaborate courtship! It begins as the male pokes the female with his head, coils his body around her head, and then he bites her. Next, they walk entwined for awhile. He will then deposit a sperm packet, which she will pick up with her cloaca (the opening amphibians use for reproduction). Her eggs get internally fertilized. Females lay 30+ eggs underwater, which she will then guard until they hatch.

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  1. Stunning find, Christine, first lungless salamander shared here. Posted 2 years ago
    1. Excellent, thanks! I found it on the edge of a river and didn't get many shots before it swam off into the water. I thought it was very cute - it looks like it has eyebrows :) Posted 2 years ago
      1. Eyebrows raised, even. Both parties concluded on a remarkable find. Posted 2 years ago
        1. Haha, yes. It's eyebrows were "overplucked" and gave a definite look of surprise. Posted 2 years ago

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The northern two-lined salamander is a species of salamander in the family Plethodontidae found in Canada and the United States. Its natural habitats are temperate forests, temperate shrubland, rivers, intermittent rivers, freshwater marshes, freshwater springs, arable land, and urban areas. It is more water-oriented than the related northern redback salamander, and can often be found in and around water such as rain puddles, streams, swamps, and damp stream beds, whereas the northern redback tends.. more

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Uploaded Mar 1, 2018. Captured Mar 1, 2018 14:40 in 5 East St, New Milford, CT 06776, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/5.6
  • 1/197s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm