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Northern Dusky Salamander Desmognathus fuscus


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Northern Dusky Salamander
credit: Stanley Trauth

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Family: Plethodontidae, Lungless Salamanders view all from this family

Description Young have 5-8 spots on the back which fade into adulthood. Adults tan-brown sometimes with a wavy stripe along sides of back. Triangular tail. 14 costal grooves.

Dimensions 6.4-14.1cm. (2 1/2-5 1/2")

Breeding June-September. 1-3 dozen eggs laid under rocks/logs near water. Hatches 6-13 weeks. Transforms at 6-13 months. Mature at 3-4 years.

Habitat Rocky woodland streams, seepages, and springs.

Range New Brunswick, Quebec south to Kentucky & Carolinas.

Discussion Shares its habitat with Northern Dusky and Black-bellied Salamanders.Diet includes larvae, earthworms and sow bugs. Spotted Dusky and Northern Dusky were once thought to be the same subspecies. Adult spotted have a reddish/golden pattern of spots.