Midland Mud Salamander


 

Midland Mud Salamander (Pseudotriton montanus diastictus)

Midland Mud Salamanders are red with 30 to 40 distinct black spots scattered over the upper surface of the head, back, and dorsum of the tail.  The undersurface is unmarked except for an occasional dark line on the edge of the lower jaw.  Length may reach 6 inches.

 They inhabit muddy springs, sluggish brooks, and swampy forested areas where they may be found under logs and stones. 

Eggs are attached separately to the undersides of dead leaves in pools of water in autumn or early winter.  Eggs hatch in spring and the larval period lasts 1 to 2 years

Their known range in West Virginia includes the southern half of the state.

 

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