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Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus)

Slimy SalamanderNH 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.

 

Commonly Confused Species: Leadback phase of the redback salamander; dusky salamander; Jefferson salamander.

 

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.

 

Distribution map: View a map showing the towns where this species is reported to occur in NH PDF Document

 

Slimy Salamander Slimy salamanders are sprinkled with small white flecks on their back and sides.
©Mike Marchand photo

 

Slimy Salamander Slimy salamander. ©USGS/John D. Willson photo