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Western Red-backed Salamander, Plethodon vehiculum


The Western Red-backed Salamander is a woodland salamander that reaches lengths around 4 inches. This salamander has a well defined dorsal stripe that runs the entire length of the animal down to the tip of the tail. The stripe has a sharp edge and is generally some shade of yellow, orange, brown or gray. The sides of the Red-backed Salamander are a dark gray to black. In some individuals the stripe is dark like the sides, in others there is no dark pigment and the entire body is the color of the stripe. They are found under all sortts of objects in a variety of moist, shaded habitats in woodlands. the woodlands and are generally associated with rocky substrates. They are completely terrestrial laying eggs that hatch directly into salamanders. In Oregon they mate any time from November to March. A very common salamander.

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