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.
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