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Seal Salamander

Desmognathus monticola

Description:

Seal salamanders are a lungless salamander and possess slits extending below each nostril. They also have a laterally compressed tail that gives the tail a fin-like appearance. Seal salamanders are extremely variable in color and can have a similar appearance to dusky salamanders; however seal salamanders have plain bellies while dusky salamanders have speckled bellies.

Habitat:

Keeney Creek - a small creek with rocky bottom in a forested, mountainous area.

Notes:

This adult was ~4" long and was very dark and plain. This individual was underwater when the photos were taken.

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GeoffreyPalmer
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GeoffreyPalmer

West Virginia, USA

Spotted on Jul 20, 2014
Submitted on Aug 6, 2014

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