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Northern Two-lined Salamander
(Eurycea bislineata)

Northern Two-lined SalamanderNH Conservation Status: Not listed.


State Rank Status: Widespread and secure.


Distribution: Throughout NH.


Description: A small (2.5-4 inch) yellowish salamander with a black or brown line running from each eye to the tail that boarder a light mid-dorsal stripe. The light stripe is often peppered with black spots.


Commonly Confused Species: Larvae or light specimens of dusky salamanders; Red-backed salamander.


Habitat: Found in and around rock and cobble streams, brooks, and seepages. Adults hide under cover objects close to water’s edge. Also in wooded floodplains and occasionally moist woodlands during wet weather.


Life History: Eggs are attached to the undersides of rocks in the streambed and guarded by the females. May remain active during winter underground near streams.


Conservation Threats: Species is secure.


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


Northern Two-lined Salamander
Two-lined salamanders have a light stripe peppered with black spots on their back. ©Mike Marchand photo

Northern Two-lined Salamander
Small streams and brooks are common places to find two-lined salamanders.
©Mike Marchand photo


Northern Two-lined Salamander
Two-lined salamanders have a bright yellow belly. ©Mike Marchand photo

Northern Two-lined Salamander
The two-lined salamander gets its name from the two dark lines running from the back of the eye to the tail.