Slimy Salamanders


 

 

 

Northern Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus)

Cumberland Plateau Salamander (Plethodon kentucki)

White-spotted Slimy Salamander (Plethodon cylindraceus)

These large sibling species are typically shiny black with whitish spots on the back and sides.  Northern Slimy Salamanders generally have white dorsal spots with brassy flecking and a dark chin, throat, and belly.  Cumberland Plateau Salamanders have whitish spots with little brassy flecking and a lighter chin.  White-spotted Slimy Salamanders have large white dorsal spots with numerous lateral white spots and a whitish chin.

 Mating probably occurs in the autumn and egg deposition in May and June.  Eggs hatch in late summer and autumn.

 Northern Slimy Salamanders occur throughout the state, Cumberland Plateau Salamanders are generally found west of the New and Kanawha rivers, and White-spotted Slimy Salamanders occur along the West Virginia/Virginia border in the eastern panhandle.

 

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