25 November 2010

Color morphs of redback salamander sharing a tree

The other night while looking for slugs in the woods, we saw these redback salamanders (Plethodon cinereus) near the roots of a beech tree.

The leadback variant (left) was on one side of the tree, while the redback variant was on the other side.

Unlike most other salamanders that hatch out of eggs in the water and pass their juvenile stages there before leaving for land, the redback salamander spends its entire life cycle on land. Hence, it is referred to as a terrestrial salamander.

Being a very common species around here, this salamander has appeared on this blog several times. The previous post about it was here.

1 comment:

Kazimir Majorinc said...

I knew Internet person that used nickname "salamander in salami."