Northern Slimy Salamander
Scientific Name: Plethodon glutinosus
Size: 4-8 inches (10.16-20.32 cm) in length
Heavy forested areas, open shale-covered embankments and hillsides adjacent to dense forest.
Moderately large and robust species. The background is jet black with dense to almost absent white to sliver spots. Some individuals may be uniform black. The underside is slate-grey. The throat is light brown.
- The dorsal background is jet black with dense to almost absent white to sliver spots. Some individuals may be uniform black.
- The ventral is slate-grey.
- The gular fold is light brown.
- Moderately large and robust species.
- The head is moderately large, square and slightly set-off from the body.
- The snout is sharply truncated.
- The limbs are muscular with well-developed fingers and toes.
- The tail is circular in the cross-section and gradually tapers to a point.
- 15-17 costal grooves.
- Similar to adults, but are uniform grey to black with light scattered spots. The ventral lacks pigment.
May be Confused With:
- Hulse, C. and McCoy C. J. and Ellen Censky ,1998. Amphibians and Reptiles of Pennsylvania and the Northeast. 106-108pp.
- Petranka, James W. ,1998. Salamanders of the United States and Canada. 354-361pp.
- Jason Poston
- Tom Diez
- Bob Hamilton
- Kyle Loucks
- Sebastian Harris
- Don Becker (psychoticnature.com)
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