Dusky Salamander Larva - Desmognathus fuscus
Female dusky salamanders lay 10-30 eggs near water or in a saturated area. They remain with their eggs during the incubation period - to protect them and keep them moist. The larval stage that follows is predominately aquatic. Larvae are about 1.5 cm long.
''Desmognathus fuscus'' is a species of amphibian in the family Plethodontidae . The species is commonly called the dusky salamander or northern dusky salamander to distinguish it from populations in the southern United States which form a separate species, the southern dusky salamander . The northern dusky salamander is the most widespread representative of its genus in Canada. It can be found in eastern North America from extreme eastern Canada in New Brunswick south into the panhandle of Florida.. more