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Black-bellied Salamander Desmognathus quadramaculatus


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Black-bellied Salamander
credit: Ryan Thies/CCSA

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Family: Plethodontidae, Lungless Salamanders view all from this family

Description Black in color with green blotches. Underside black or dark brown. Light dots in 2 rows on either side. 14 Coastal grooves.

Dimensions 9-21cm. (3 1/2-8 1/4")

Breeding Breeds June through July. Up to 40 eggs laid singularly under stones in stream bed. Hatches in early fall. Sexually mature after 3 1/2 years.

Habitat Temperate rivers and mountain streams.

Range Virginia through Gerogia. Also in South Caroline.

Discussion Nocturnal. Sometimes basks on rocks. Rarely leaves river/stream banks. Very agile. Leeches are sometimes a problem. Diet consists of insects, snails and other Salamanders.