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Red-backed Salamander Typically, these salamanders have a black body with a bright red stripe down the middle of their back. But, they exhibit color polymorphism, and can be black without the red stripe. Their bellies are black and white. This salamander was about 7 cm long.  Geotagged,Plethodon cinereus,Red- backed salamander,Red-backed Salamander,Spring,United States,color polymorphism,salamander Click/tap to enlarge

Red-backed Salamander

Typically, these salamanders have a black body with a bright red stripe down the middle of their back. But, they exhibit color polymorphism, and can be black without the red stripe. Their bellies are black and white. This salamander was about 7 cm long.

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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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By Christine Young

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Uploaded Mar 28, 2018. Captured May 21, 2016 11:56 in 5 Canton Green Rd, Canton, CT 06019, USA.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/4.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm