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Tennessee Cave Salamander

The Tennessee cave salamander is a species that doesn’t go through metamorphosis as such. It resides in the streams of caves.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Urodela
    Family Plethodontidae
    Genus Gyrinophilus
    Scientific Name Gyrinophilus palleucus


    Size 3-7.5 in (7.6-19 cm)
    Color Pale brown to red
    Distribution Western North Carolina, northwestern and northeastern Alabama, south-central Tennessee, and northwestern Georgia
    Habitat Caves
    Diet Beetles, mayflies, stoneflies, earthworms, and crustaceans
    Predator American bullfrogs and crayfish
    Breeding Season Autumn-early winter
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous
    Clutch Size Not known
    Reproductive Age Not Known
    Average Lifespan 9-14 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on January 9th 2019 by under Salamanders. Article was last reviewed on 8th January 2019.

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