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Mountain Dusky Salamander

Mountain dusky salamander is a species of medium-sized, lungless salamander occurring in the United States and Canada. The species is nocturnal as it remains hidden under cover during the day and emerges at night to forage.

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

    Size Around 10 cm
    Weight Around 0.6 g
    Color Overall color brownish with a light stripe down the back; center is marked by a row of dark spots with dark pigments on the sides
    Distribution United States and Canada
    Habitat Temperate forests, rivers, intermittent rivers, freshwater springs, rocky areas
    Diet Earthworms, beetles, dragonflies, spiders, mites, millipedes
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate underground during coldest winter months in groups
    Predators Snakes, birds, small rodents, other mammals
    Breeding Season Spring and fall
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 3 to 27 eggs
    Incubation Period Around 3 months
    Reproductive Age 3.5 years of age
    Average Lifespan Around 15 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on March 17th 2017 by under Salamanders. Article was last reviewed on 30th September 2019.

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