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Spring Salamander, Gyrinophilus porphyriticus


blue ridge spring salamander
The Spring Salamander, Gyrinophilus porphyriticus, is divided into four subspecies. The two upper-most photos above are of the Blue Ridge Spring Salamander, G. p. danielsi. It has a characteristic dark red (salmon) coloration with dark spots over its back. It is so named for the area in which it is found (see map). They occur near mountain brooks and streams and can be found by turning over rocks in the water.

The photo below is a larva of the Northern Spring Salamander, G. p. porphyriticus. Note the external gills typical of all aquatic salamander larvae. Also below is a photo of an adult Northern Spring Salamander.

Spring Salamander larvae Northern Spring Salamander
Kentucky Spring Salamander
A photo of the Kentucky Spring Salamander, G. p. duryi.
(The Carolina Spring Salamander, G. p. dunni, is not shown.)
Spring Salamander Range

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