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Seepage Salamander Desmognathus aeneus


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Seepage Salamander, Alabama form
credit: Franco Andreone

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Family: Plethodontidae, Lungless Salamanders view all from this family

Description Tan, yellow or reddish brown stripe above with dark centre line with some blackish smudges on back. Rounded tail. 13-14 costal grooves.

Dimensions 3.8-5.7cm. (1 1/2-2 1/4")

Breeding April-June. 5-17 eggs laid under moss. Female guards nest. Hatches after 5-7 weeks. Mature in 2 years.

Habitat Temperate forests, intermittent rivers, and freshwater springs.

Range North Carolina through Alabama.

Discussion Species formerly included Cherokee & Alabama Salamanders. Cherokee has reddish brown straight edged stripes. Alabama has wavy stripes in yellow/tan. Hides under forest litter. Diet includes springtails, beetle larvae & mites.