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Seal Salamander

Desmognathus monticola


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.


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


This adult was ~ 5" in length, and aside from the yellow coloration on the head, this individual was very dark and plain.

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West Virginia, USA

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

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