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Seal Salamander

Desmognathus monticola

Description:

Approximately 10 cm long brown salamander with darker brown flecks on the back. Light colored line from the corner of the eye to the jaw. The tail was keeled from a little behind the rear legs. The toe tips were darkened nd cornified.

Habitat:

Found on paved road nearby a stream on a rainy night in a rural area.

Notes:

These little salamanders are quite athletic and will often make great jumps and leaps in an effort to escape.

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7 Comments

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 2 weeks ago

Congratulations Lisa. Your photos are so good - I swear I saw him(?) move !

Beautiful "portrait" Lisa,these are very atletic indeed,we can see by his body,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Tukup
Tukup 2 weeks ago

Hi Lisa. Congratulations on the SOTD. Cool shots. Well deserved.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 weeks ago

Congratulations, Lisa, on your much-deserved SOTD.

Brian38
Brian38 2 weeks ago

Congrats Lisa! Very nice spotting and pics!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 2 weeks ago

Congratulations Lisa, your Seal Salamander is our Spotting of the Day:

"A Spotting of the Day with attitude, and protruding eyes! The Seal Salamander (Desmognathus monticola) takes its common name from its habit of raising its head and perching like seals. This species is endemic to the eastern United States, and is found alongside cool streams and ravines. Desmognathus is a genus in the family Plethodontidae, the lungless salamanders. These salamanders breathe through their skin as well as through the tissues lining their mouths. The Appalachian Mountains in the eastern United States is a biodiversity hotspot for this family, which counts over 400 species".

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 weeks ago

Incredible! Fantastic spotting, Lisa.

Virginia, USA

Lat: 36.74, Long: -82.86

Spotted on Feb 6, 2019
Submitted on Feb 24, 2019

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