Black Mountain Salamander


 

Black Mountain Salamander (Desmognathus welteri)

Black Mountain Salamanders are nearly as large as Black-bellied Salamanders reaching 6 to 7 inches in length.  The back pattern varies but usually is light brown to gray-green with scattered black or dark brown blotches or small dots.  They lack a dorsal stripe and the dark back is sharply separated from the lighter, mottled venter.  Most have black toe tips and they have an obvious keel on the tail.

 Black Mountain Salamanders inhabit small streams.  Twenty to 30 eggs are deposited in June on the underside of leaves, logs, and rocks and hatch in September.

 They are known to occur in Logan, Wyoming, Mercer, Summers, and McDowell counties.

 

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