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Northern Slimy Salamander

Northern slimy salamander is a species of salamander belonging to the family Plethodontidae, found in eastern and central United States. The species is known to be fiercely territorial.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Caudata
    Family Plethodontidae
    Genus Plethodon
    Scientific Name Plethodon glutinosus


    Other Names Viscid salamander, grey-spotted salamander, sticky salamander, slippery salamander
    Size 12–17 cm (4.7–6.7 in); however, can reach 20.6 cm (8.1 in)
    Weight 4.2 g
    Color Black  overall color with plenty of gold or silvery spots across the back
    Distribution New York, Illinois, southernmost part of Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, southern New Hampshire, northwestern Connecticut
    Habitat Moist soil or leaf litter under stones, rotting logs, or other debris in the vicinity of permanent water source
    Diet Ants, beetles, earthworms, sow bugs
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during winter
    Predators Snakes
    Breeding Season Spring
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 4 to 12 eggs
    Incubation Period Around 3 months
    Reproductive Age 2 to 3 years of age
    Average Lifespan 5.5 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on March 15th 2017 by under Salamanders. Article was last reviewed on 10th March 2017.

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