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Red-backed Salamander - Plethodon cinereus This salamander had white fungus on its head. I assume it was growing on its skin and not stemming from an internal infection because the salamander was alive, although it did appear to be in distress.<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: On rotting wood in a mixed forest Geotagged,Plethodon,Plethodon cinereus,Red- backed salamander,Spring,United States,salamander Click/tap to enlarge

Red-backed Salamander - Plethodon cinereus

This salamander had white fungus on its head. I assume it was growing on its skin and not stemming from an internal infection because the salamander was alive, although it did appear to be in distress.

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: On rotting wood in a mixed forest

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  1. Remarkable that it's alive, makes you wonder how this can happen at all? Posted one year ago
    1. It was really weird. I don't even know how it could see to move around. And, why didn't it rub up against something to clear its face? Unless the fungal infection was also internal and was altering the salamander's thinking? I don't know, but I felt so bad for it. 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.

Similar species: Salamanders
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Sep 20, 2019. Captured Jun 19, 2019 07:24 in 1563 Post Rd, Wells, ME 04090, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/5.6
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm