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Salamander (Dusky)

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Desmognathus fuscus
dusky salamander


They are found in southeastern Canada, down the eastern coast down to North Carolina and west to Indiana, Kentucy and Tennessee.


They live around small streams, springs, and muddy areas in forested areas.

Body Traits

They have dark, mottled skin on the back and are lighter below. There is a lighter patch behind the eyes and down to the jaw. The tail makes up less than half the body length and is flattened from side to side (instead of rounded). The back legs are larger than the front legs. They can be up to five inches long.


They  are active at night (nocturnal).


They eat worms, smailes, insects and other invertebrates.

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Females lay several dozen eggs under rocks or forest debris near a stream or other water sources. She will guard the eggs until they hatch (in 5-11 weeks).

dusky salamander diagram


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Urodela
Family: Plethodontidae
Subfamily: Plethodontinae
Genus: Desmognathus
Species: fuscus

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