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Northern Zigzag Salamander

Northern zigzag salamander is a small, slender salamander belonging to the family Plethodontidae, found only in the United States. It is a lungless salamander.



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


    Size 2.5 to 3.5 in
    Color Dark background color with a red or orangish wavy pattern starting from the neck down the back to the base of the tail; some individuals are brownish-gray and patternless; white flecks on the sides and back; gray or black belly with orange or reddish small specks
    Distribution United States
    Habitat Temperate forests, rocky areas, caves
    Diet Small invertebrates, especially spiders and beetles
    Breeding Season Fall and spring
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 3 to 9 eggs
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on March 22nd 2017 by under Salamanders. Article was last reviewed on 14th March 2017.

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