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Four-toed Salamander

Hemidactylium scutatum


Four-toed salamanders really do only have 4 toes. Other helpful ID hints are: there is a constriction at the base of the tail (it's not caused by losing/regrowing a tail), they have a "herringbone" pattern down their backs, and their bellies are white with dark spots. In this part of MO there really isnt anything else that looks like them, and they're a monotypic species (no sub-species). I think their faces look like old man faces lol (grumpy looking). This one was found when I worked on the Mofep Project.


Missouri Ozarks, forest, leaf-litter and pond shore.

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Ellington, Missouri, USA

Spotted on Sep 22, 2009
Submitted on Sep 22, 2012

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