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Green Salamander

Aneides aeneus

Description:

The green salamander (8 -14 cm) has a black base color with a yellowish-green, lichen-like pattern upon the back. It has a flattened body, long legs and square toe tips, all adaptations for living on cliffs.

Habitat:

A beautiful, rarely seen salamander, the green salamander spends much of its time on sandstone, or sometimes limestone, rock faces with many crevices, or more rarely in trees or under the loose bark of fallen timber.

Notes:

Females of this species deposit their eggs in moist crevices in the rock face and will actively protect their eggs from small predators and fungus.

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2 Comments

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 9 years ago

I am a salamander biologist :-)

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Is there a story of how you found it. At first I thought it was a snake and then I thought, how does he keep track of such a long body. Very colorful and yet blends with his background.

LisaPowers
Spotted by
LisaPowers

Alabama, USA

Spotted on Oct 2, 2011
Submitted on Oct 6, 2011

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