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Lead-backed Salamander - Plethodon cinereus It had a blackish brown body with 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.<br />
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Habitat: Deciduous forest<br />
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*I rarely encounter the lead-backed color morph of this species, but I&#039;ve observed that they are much more skittish than the red-backed variety.  Fall,Geotagged,Plethodon cinereus,Red- backed salamander,United States,lead-backed salamander,salamander Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Lead-backed Salamander - Plethodon cinereus

It had a blackish brown body with 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.

Habitat: Deciduous forest

*I rarely encounter the lead-backed color morph of this species, but I've observed that they are much more skittish than the red-backed variety.

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  1. Are they still awake? Nice! Posted 7 days ago
    1. There are far fewer than there was a few weeks ago, but some are still awake. Posted 7 days ago

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The red back salamander is a small, hardy woodland salamander. It 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 eastern red-backed salamander or the northern red back salamander to distinguish it from the southern red back salamander .

Similar species: Salamanders
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Oct 6, 2019. Captured Oct 6, 2019 10:57 in 91 Main St, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/4.5
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm