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Checklist of Amphibian Species and Identification Guide

Cave Salamander, Eurycea lucifuga

The Cave Salamander is a medium sized salamander reaching average lengths around 6 inches. The young of this species is often yellow in color whereas the adults are generally a bright orange with black spots covering most of the body except the belly which is a yellow-orange. The females of the species are usually larger than males and can be distinguished by the males swollen cloacal area. They are generally found in caves around limestone outcroppings. They can also be found along springs and streams in wooded areas. The Cave Salamander's diet consists mostly of small arthropods and insects. They can be found in areas of limestone throughout the range shown in the map.

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