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Northern Two-lined Salamander Eurycea bislineata


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Northern Two-lined Salamander
credit: Brian Gratwicke

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Family: Plethodontidae, Lungless Salamanders view all from this family

Description Tan-light brown with a broad yellow-orange-brown sometimes speckled band on back. 15-16 costal grooves.

Dimensions 6.4-12.1cm. (2 1/2-4 3/4")

Breeding 12-100 eggs laid under submerged logs/rocks. Females guards nest. Transform after 1-3 years.

Similar Species Southern two-lined found in Virginia through Florida. Has narrow back stripes.
Blue Ridge two-lined found in Blue Ridge Mountains, has broad back stripes and dots on tail.

Habitat Temperate forests, temperate shrubland, rivers, intermittent rivers, freshwater marshes, freshwater springs, arable land, and urban areas

Range St. Lawrence River Mouth, Quebec through s. Virginia & towards Tennessee River.

Discussion Some young do not transform and retain gills. Northern, Southern & Blue Ridge formerly thought to be same species.