Northern Dusky Salamander
Northern Dusky Salamanders (Desmognathus fuscus)
Northern Dusky Salamanders are variable in color and pattern. They usually have a reddish-brown, wavy bordered stripe down the back. Their belly is cream-colored and usually sprinkled with gray or brown flecks. Adults reach about 5 inches and have a dorsal keel on the tail. Juveniles have 5 to 8 pairs of reddish dots along the edges of the back between the front and hind legs.
Northern Dusky Salamanders are found in seeps, springs, and small streams. About 10 to 20 eggs are deposited from June to July in cavities under rocks, logs, leaves, or mosses close to water. Nests are guarded by the female and eggs hatch in late summer or early autumn. Larvae transform into juveniles in about one year.
Northern Dusky Salamanders are found throughout West Virginia from low elevations along the Ohio River to high elevations of the Allegheny Mountains.