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Northern Two-lined Salamander, Eurycea bislineata


The Northern Two-lined Salamander is a small salamander seldom reaching lengths over 3.5 inches. This salamander gets its name from the two dark lines running longitudinally from behind the eyes to the tip of the tail. Often the lines will become dots in the tail region. The dorsal surface is sometimes spotted as well between the two lines giving the salamander the appearance of being sprinkled with pepper. The sides may or may not be spotted. The general coloration is usually a shade of yellow, but may also be shades of brown or even green. The Northern Two-Lined Salamander is very similar to the Southern Two-Lined Salamander. These two species do not overlap but the northeastern edge of the Southern's distribution is adjacent to the southwestern edge of the Northern's range.
N. Two-lined Salamander N. Two-lined Salamander
Here is an example of the egg mass of the Northern Two-lined Salamander. They are usually laid under water on the underside of rocks, logs or plants. They hatch into aquatic larvae that take 1-3 years to transform into salamanders. The Northern Two-lined Salamander is found in in streams with rocky bottoms, springs, seepsages and are basically streamside salamanders. They can be found under all sorts or objects in this environment. they are found from sea level to 6000 ft.
N. Two-lined Salamander Range

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