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Four-toed Salamander, Hemidactylium scutatum


Four-toed Salamander Four-toed Salamander
A small salamander commonly reaching lengths up to 3.5 inches. This salamander has 4 toes on the hind feet where most salamanders generally have 5 toes. Another distinguishing characteristic of this salamander is the constricted area at the base of the tail. This is the area where the tail will break off if grabbed by a predator. Be careful not to grab or pull at the tail. The dorsal coloration of this salamander is generally a reddish brown fading to a gray or black on the sides. The four-toed salamander can also be distinguished by its white belly with bold black dots throughout. Their range of occurrence is found throughout the eastern United States. Their distribution however, is patchy in many of the states. The inhabit mossy areas of bogs and forests in their range.

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