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Many-ribbed Salamander Eurycea multiplicata


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Many-ribbed Salamander, Many-ribbed subspecies
credit: Stanley Trauth

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Family: Plethodontidae, Lungless Salamanders view all from this family

Description Named after its many costal grooves. Greenish-brown with a yellowish/brown band. Sides have silvery flecks. Under side pale yellow/gray. 19-20 costal grooves.

Dimensions 6-10.6cm. (2 3/8-4 1/8")

Subspecies Many-ribbed, indistinct lines on border of back. Found in Arkansas through Oklahoma.
Grey-bellied, gray uniform color with black band. Found in Missouri, Arkansas and ne. Oklahoma.

Breeding September-April. Depends on water temperature. 3-21 eggs laid in a row under rocks. Not guarded. Hatches after 4-6 weeks. Transforms 5-8 months.

Habitat Temperate forests, rivers, freshwater springs, inland karsts, and caves.

Range Missouri thoruhg Arkansas and Oklahoma. Isolated populations in Kansas.

Discussion Some larve remain larvae permanently. Black in color. Lives mainly in water, though during heavy rainfall will venture into woodland to forage.