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California Slender Salamander (Batrachoseps attenuatus)

photo by  Ryan Kaldari

Common Name: California Slender Salamander
Scientific Name: Batrachoseps attenuatus
Family: Plethodontidae – Lungless Salamander family
Location: United States – California and Oregon
Size: 5.2 inches total length, 2 inches snout to vent

The California Slender Salamander can be easily found in the northern half of California and a little bit in southwest Oregon. Like all salamanders from the family Plethodontidae, the California Slender Salamander lacks lungs and breathes through their skin. It is a highly terrestrial salamander, it even breeds and lay its eggs on land. The eggs are laid in October or November when the fall rains start. Like most salamanders, they are often seen during the rains or after them. Otherwise, they are hiding underground or under logs.

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