NH Conservation Status: Not known.
State Rank Status: Reported historically but unsure if it still exists in the state or if the report represented a native population.
Distribution: Reported historically from one town (Rindge) in New Hampshire but it is not known whether the report represented a native population and if so, whether the population still exists.
Description: A medium to large (4.5-7 inch) black salamander with white or silvery speckles sprinkled across the back and sides. Slimy salamanders usually have a lighter belly than the rest of their body.
Habitat: Terrestrial, found on moist woodland hillsides, floodplains, or ravines under logs, leaf litter, stones, or in rock crevices.
Life History: Ten to 20 eggs are attached to the roof of an underground cavity or in rock crevices or rotting logs. Hibernates underground.
Conservation Threats: Loss of habitat.
Slimy salamanders are sprinkled with small white flecks on their back and sides. ©Mike Marchand photo
Slimy salamander. ©USGS/John D. Willson photo