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Red-backed salamander (red-stripe phase)

Plethodon cinereus


I found this faintly-speckled amphibian underneath leaf litter. On first impression, it looked like a worm because it was motionless and the feet were so small (between 3 and 4 inches in body length, however). It is one of two color morphs.


Seen in the woodlands of High Rock Park.


The red-stripe phase is thought to behave differently than the darker lead-backed phase, with the former tending toward immobility when encountered.

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mauna Kunzah
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mauna Kunzah

NYC, New York, USA

Spotted on Apr 14, 2019
Submitted on Apr 15, 2019

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