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Black Salamander

Black salamander is a species of salamander belonging to the family Plethodontidae, occurring only in the United States. The species is mostly terrestrial. The creature is solitary except for the breeding season. The salamander is nocturnal as it remains hidden during the day.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Caudata
    Family Plethodontidae
    Genus Aneides
    Scientific Name Aneides flavipunctatus

    Other Names Speckled black salamander
    Size 6 to 7.5 cm (2.4 to 3.0 in)
    Color Fully black to black with fine white or yellow spots or with grayish or greenish shine; pale underside
    Distribution United States
    Habitat Forested areas, grassland; also found in open country and stream banks in woodland
    Diet Millipedes, ants, beetles, termites
    Predators Birds, shrews, raccoons, skunks, snakes, chipmunks,
    Breeding Season Spring
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Few eggs at a time; around 100 eggs per season
    Incubation Period Around 1 month
    Average Lifespan Around 15 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Near Threatened

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    Published on June 11th 2017 by under Salamanders. Article was last reviewed on 30th September 2019.

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