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.
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.