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Cave Salamander Eurycea lucifuga


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Cave Salamander
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Family: Plethodontidae, Lungless Salamanders view all from this family

Description Long and slender. Light yellow to orange with brown-black spots. Tail longer than body. 14-15 coastal grooves.

Dimensions 12.5-18.5cm. (5-7 1/4")

Breeding Breeds September-February. 50-120 eggs in a clutch, laid individually under stones in spring water. Transforms in 2nd year.

Habitat Limestone caves near water springs.

Range Limestone areas in Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama & Oaklahoma.

Discussion Of the Cave Salamander species. Fantastic climbers. Have reduced eyesight because they live in caves. Insects comprise most of their diet. Larvae transform slowly because of food shortage and low temperatures in water.