Long-tailed Salamander


Long-tailed Salamander (Eurycea longicauda)

Long-tailed Salamanders are slender, yellow to yellowish orange with numerous black flecks.  Their tail comprises over half the total length and has black marks on the sides that form a herringbone pattern.  They reach 6 inches in length.

Long-tailed salamanders are usually encountered along streams, in seepage areas and springs, and in caves.  They may also occur in terrestrial habitats.

 Reproductive status has not been determined in West Virginia.  Based on studies in other states, they probably deposit eggs from autumn to early spring in underground crevices associated with aquatic habitats.  Eggs hatch in 1 to 3 months and larvae transform in about a year.

 Long-tailed Salamanders occur throughout West Virginia.


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