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Northern Red Salamander

Pseudotriton ruber ruber

Description:

Newly-metamorphosed juvenile. Coloration is bright red to reddish orange with many irregularly rounded, black spots with a somewhat lighter belly.

Habitat:

Spotted in a small stream under a rock. May be found in a variety of habitats but are most common around streams, springs, and small creeks. Adults wander far from water into upland forest habitats.

Notes:

The red salamander is arguably one of the most primitive plethodontids (lungless salamanders), so is extremely valuable in understanding the links to ancestors and the evolutionary processes that have occurred.

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3 Comments

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 5 years ago

wow!!!!

marylou.wildlife
marylou.wildlife 5 years ago

Thank you Marta! These guys are always very exciting to find. It is relatively easy to find them in their larval stage, but much harder once they are juveniles/adults!!

The MnMs
The MnMs 5 years ago

Very nice spotting! :-)

marylou.wildlife
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marylou.wildlife

Maryland, USA

Spotted on Jul 13, 2015
Submitted on Jul 13, 2015

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