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Seal Salamander Desmognathus monticola


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Seal Salamander
credit: John D. Willson

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Family: Plethodontidae, Lungless Salamanders view all from this family

Description Stout. Brown-grayish above with dark brown/black streaks and blotches. Some have darker ridges. Tail tip pointed. 14 costal grooves.

Dimensions 7.6-14.9cm. (3-5 7/8")

Breeding June-October. Females guard nest after laying 1-3 dozen eggs under rocks in seepages. Hatch in September.

Habitat Mountain Stream banks.

Range Pennsylvania through c. & sw. Alabama uplands.

Discussion Dwells in stream banks. Always near water, flees to it when disturbed. Hides under rocks. Diet includes ants & beetles.