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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.
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.
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.