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Red-backed Salamander - Plethodon cinereus This salamander had a blackish brown body with an 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: Under rotting wood in a mixed forest.<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: Under rotting wood in a mixed forest.<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: Under rotting wood in a mixed forest.<br />
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Red-backed Salamander - Plethodon cinereus

This salamander had a blackish brown body with an 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: Under rotting wood in a mixed forest.

Red-backed Salamander - Plethodon cinereus This salamander had a blackish brown body with an orange stripe down the middle of its back. It was ~5 cm long. <br />
<br />
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). <br />
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Habitat: Under rotting wood in a mixed forest.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/68176/red-backed_salamander_-_plethodon_cinereus.html<br />
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Red-backed Salamander - Plethodon cinereus This salamander had a blackish brown body with an orange stripe down the middle of its back. It was ~5 cm long. <br />
<br />
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). <br />
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Habitat: Under rotting wood in a mixed forest.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/68177/red-backed_salamander_-_plethodon_cinereus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/68176/red-backed_salamander_-_plethodon_cinereus.html Fall,Geotagged,Plethodon cinereus,Red-backed salamander,United States,salamander

    comments (4)

  1. Beautiful salamander! Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks! I can't resist these guys! Posted one year ago
  2. Gorgeous!!!! <3 Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks Lisa :) Posted one year 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. It is also known as the redback salamander, eastern red-backed salamander, or the northern red-backed salamander to distinguish it from the southern red-backed salamander.

Similar species: Salamanders
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Oct 23, 2018. Captured Oct 23, 2018 11:04 in 91 Main St, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/5.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm