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Northern Two-lined Salamander

Eurycea bislineata

Description:

Adult salamanders in this family do not have lungs, but take in oxygen through their skin. Physical characteristics include two dark stripes, one along each side. The venter can be translucent, pale yellow, or white. The dorsal surface has a pattern of spots and mottling. This salamander was approximately 6cm long.

Habitat:

Spotted under a piece of wood that was right on the edge of a river in a mostly deciduous forest. The salamander only stayed put for a minute and then ran off into the water (photo 6).

Notes:

Reproduction for northern two-lined salamanders begins with an elaborate courtship! It begins as the male pokes the female with his head, coils his body around her head, and then he bites her. Next, they walk entwined for awhile. He will then deposit a sperm packet, which she will pick up with her cloaca (the opening amphibians use for reproduction). Her eggs get internally fertilized. Females lay 30+ eggs underwater, which she will then guard until they hatch.

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15 Comments

triggsturner
triggsturner 2 years ago

Congrats Christine, a lovely series.

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 2 years ago

Wow, thanks so much Daniele for this honor! And, thanks to everyone for the comments!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 2 years ago

Congratulations.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 2 years ago

Congratulations Christine, such a cute little thing!

Brian38
Brian38 2 years ago

Congratulations Christine! Awesome spotting!

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 2 years ago

Congratulations, Christine!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Great series, Congrats.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 2 years ago

Congratulations Christine, this spotting came second equal in a tied vote in our 2018 Best Wildlife Photo Competition, Amphibians category!

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Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 years ago

Thank you Hari!

Hariprasad V N
Hariprasad V N 3 years ago

Excellent photos & very informative description/habitat/notes, Christine.

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 years ago

Thanks Zlatan and maplemoth!

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 3 years ago

Photo No. 4: is a pretty, outdoors photo....

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 3 years ago

Beautiful spotting, great notes. Thanks Christine

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 years ago

Thanks Oscar

Oscar Neto
Oscar Neto 3 years ago

Amazing register and nice description, habitat and notes. Thank you for sharing this encounter.

Kind regards from Brazil.

Christine Y.
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Christine Y.

Connecticut, USA

Spotted on Mar 1, 2018
Submitted on Mar 2, 2018

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