Eastern Red-backed Salamander




Eastern Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus)

These small, slender salamanders are the most common woodland salamanders in West Virginia.  They usually have a straight-edged red to gray dorsal stripe. Some specimens lack the dorsal stripe and are referred to as the lead-backed morph.  Venters of both color varieties are speckled black and white.

 Mating occurs in the autumn and spring and about 10 eggs are usually deposited in May and June.  Juvenile salamanders emerge from eggs in about 6 weeks.

 Red-backed Salamanders are found throughout the state except in the Ohio Valley counties.


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