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Moist dark skin with golden markings and dark lines down the side. I believe it is a female; the males have a fleshy hook that overhangs their upper lip, almost like a mustache.
Found this little guy at the Cincinnati Nature Center in Avey's Run (a shallow stream).
Noticed that some of the salamanders were missing parts of their tails. It is a defense mechanism. Also the one I found looks more like a northern two-lined than a southern one. I was definitely south (close to Kentucky) so I'm nor 100 percent sure if this a two-lined one or not. Any suggestions?
Spotted on Jul 10, 2011
Submitted on Jul 10, 2011