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Lead-backed Salamander - Plethodon cinereus It had a blackish brown body with beautiful, bronze speckles. <br />
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Plethodon cinereus exhibits 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. This spotting shows the lead-backed variety. Fall,Geotagged,Plethodon cinereus,Red- backed salamander,United States,salamander Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Lead-backed Salamander - Plethodon cinereus

It had a blackish brown body with beautiful, bronze speckles.

Plethodon cinereus exhibits 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. This spotting shows the lead-backed variety.

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  1. Cutieeee! What a cool color variation! Posted 2 years ago
    1. Thanks! I loved this one - it was so dark! It wasn't interested in being held though, so I had to maintain my distance. Posted 2 years ago
  2. Nice find! Posted 2 years ago
    1. Thanks :) 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 Jan 27, 2019. Captured Sep 23, 2018 16:26 in 31 Ferncrest Ave, Coventry, RI 02816, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/4.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm