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Red-backed Salamander - Plethodon cinereus This salamander had a black body with a dull reddish-orange stripe down the middle of its back. It was ~5 cm long. <br />
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Red-backed salamanders exhibit 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. The red-backed phase is not always red, but may actually be various other colors (yellow-backed, orange-backed, or white-backed). <br />
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Habitat: This salamander was relaxing in the wet leaf litter of a mixed forest. Geotagged,Plethodon cinereus,Red- backed salamander,Summer,United States,plethodon,salamander Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Red-backed Salamander - Plethodon cinereus

This salamander had a black body with a dull reddish-orange stripe down the middle of its back. It was ~5 cm long.

Red-backed salamanders exhibit 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. The red-backed phase is not always red, but may actually be various other colors (yellow-backed, orange-backed, or white-backed).

Habitat: This salamander was relaxing in the wet leaf litter of a mixed forest.

    comments (4)

  1. Well spotted! How did you even see it? Movement? Posted 2 years ago
    1. Thanks! Nope. I was just sitting quietly on the ground, scrutinizing the area, when I spotted this salamander :) Posted 2 years ago
      1. How lucky! Great find, Christine! Posted 2 years ago
        1. Thanks Lisa! Posted 2 years 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 Aug 22, 2018. Captured Jul 11, 2018 10:40 in 80 Main St, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/4.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm