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Red Backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus)

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photo by Rklawton

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Common Name: Red Backed Salamander
Scientific Name: Plethodon cinereus
Family: Plethodontidae
Location: Canada and the United States of America
US Location: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia
Size: 3.5 inches total length

The Red Backed Salamander is found in Northeastern USA and Southeastern Canada. Like all Plethodontid salamanders, the Red Backed Salamander lacks lungs. The Red Backed Salamander is terrestrial and is often found under logs or other cover. The salamander has two morphs or phases, a Red Backed phase and a Lead Backed phase. The lead-backed phase has more of a silver coloring on its back compared to the red-backed phase.

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leadback phase by Brian Gratwicke
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