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Pygmy salamander is a species of salamander found only in the United States. The species is the smallest salamander in the genus Desmognathus. There is no larval stage in the reproductive cycle of this species as it undergoes direct development.
|Scientific Name||Desmognathus wrighti|
|Size||3.5–4.4 cm (1.4–1.7 in)|
|Color||Generally light brown, but can be brick red to yellow with dark brown pigment on the back taking the shape of an inverted V-shape marking down the back|
|Distribution||North Carolina and Tennessee (United States)|
|Habitat||Temperate forests, intermittent rivers, freshwater springs|
|Diet||Soil mites, springtails, beetles, flies, moths, thrips, spiders, pseudoscorpions|
|Breeding Season||Late summer into autumn|
|Mode of Reproduction||Oviparous (egg laying)|
|Clutch Size||8 to 9 eggs|
|Reproductive Age||Male: 2 to 3 years of age
Female: 3 years of age
|IUCN Conservation Status||Least Concern|
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Published on June 12th 2017 by staff under Salamanders. Article was last reviewed on 30th September 2019.