They are found from Alaska across Canada and down into the eastern U.S.
They live in forests near ponds or wetlands. They are found under logs and rocks and the leaf litter on the forest floor.
They are tan-colored usually, but can be greenish. A black face mask stretches from their nose back over their eardrum with a white line under it. They have a light line down each side of their body. They are less than 3 inches long. Females are larger than males.
They can actually survive freezing and thawing.
They eat insects, snails, slugs, spiders and other small forest animals.
They are eaten by raccoons and herons.
The female will lay thousands of eggs in a gooey mass in the deepest part of a pond. After a while the egg mass flattens out and floats to the surface of water. The jelly around the eggs turns green with algae and looks like floating pond scum. This is good camouflage for the eggs until they hatch.
Species: R. sylvatica
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