Other Amphibian of the Week

Korean Crevice Salamander (Karsenia koreana)

photo by Todd Pierson

Common Name: Korean Crevice Salamander
Scientific Name: Karsenia koreana
Family: Plethodontidae
Location: Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Size: 1.6 inches (42 mm) Snout to Vent Length

The Korean Crevice Salamander is the ONLY salamander from the family Plethodontidae that is found in Asia. Like all Plethodontid salamanders, the Korean Crevice Salamander lacks lungs and breathes through its skin. It is thought that it is also fully terrestrial because it lives far away from streams. The species isn’t well studied so the mating and reproduction of this salamander is still a mystery.


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