Ravine Salamanders


 

 

 

Southern Ravine Salamander (Plethodon richmondi)

*Northern Ravine Salamander (Plethodon electromorphus)

Ravine salamanders are elongate and slender with short legs and a long tail that accounts for about 50% of the total length.  Their dorsal color is brown to black frequently with many gold or white flecks and their venter is uniformly dark with minute white mottling. 

 Mating and egg deposition occur in April and May.  Eggs hatch in late summer or autumn.

 Ravine salamanders are found west of the high ridges of the Allegheny Mountains.  There are two sibling species in the state.  In general, Southern Ravine Salamanders occur west of the New and Kanawha rivers and Northern Ravine Salamanders east of these rivers.

 

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