Other Amphibian of the Week

Four Toed Salamander (Hemidactylium scutatum)

by Brian Gratwicke


Common Name: Four Toed Salamander
Scientific Name: Hemidactylium scutatum
Family: Plethodontidae – Lungless Salamanders
Location: United States and Canada
Size: 4 inches max

The Four Toed Salamanders gets it’s name from the four toes on each foot. The Four Toed Salamander is found throughout the Eastern United States and Southeastern Canada.

The salamander has some interesting ways of defending itself. It can de-attach it’s tail if it is threatened and the tail continues to wiggle. It also wags its tail at the predator as an offering for not killing him.

The Four Toed Salamander is only listed as least concern by the IUCN but their numbers are dropping. The destruction of wetlands have harmed it’s numbers greatly.




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