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Black Bellied Salamander

Black bellied salamander is a species of medium-sized salamander found only in the United States. The species is nocturnal.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Urodela
    Family Plethodontidae
    Subfamily Plethodontinae
    Genus Desmognathus
    Scientific Name Desmognathus quadramaculatus

    Size Around 10 to 18 cm (3.9 to 7.1 in)
    Color Dark brown or black ground color with two rows of small pale spots along the flanks of the back
    Distribution West and southeastern Virginia, eastern Tennessee, western North Carolina and northern Georgia (United States)
    Habitat Rivers, intermittent rivers, freshwater springs, cold mountain streams at an altitude of 375 to 1,725 m (1,230 to 5,659 ft) above sea level
    Diet Small invertebrates
    Predators Snakes
    Breeding Season Late spring
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 15 to 40 eggs
    Incubation Period Around 3 months
    Metamorphosis Period Around 3 ½  years
    Average Lifespan At least 15 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on May 4th 2017 by under Salamanders. Article was last reviewed on 30th September 2019.

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