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Western Redback Salamander

Plethodon vehiculum

Description:

These salamanders are black with back strip that is usually red or tannish that goes all the way to the end of the tail with very defined, even edges. Sides are dark with speckles of white. Underside is dark with flecks of white, orange or yellow.

Habitat:

Spotted next to a creek in a mixed forest.

Notes:

The name vehiculum comes from the word ‘vehicle’ and is a reference to the fact that the male actually carries the female while she clings to his tail during courtship. They use chemical cues to choose mates during breeding. Western-red backed salamanders do not defend their territories.

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Washington, USA

Lat: 47.55, Long: -121.86

Spotted on Oct 2, 2018
Submitted on Oct 19, 2018

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