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Red Salamander

Red salamander is a species of salamander found only in the eastern United States. The species is nocturnal. The salamander is not known to be territorial and is often found sharing the same shelter with other salamanders.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Caudata
    Family Plethodontidae
    Genus Pseudotriton
    Scientific Name Pseudotriton ruber

    Size 4.3 to 7.1 in (11–18 cm)
    Color Orange-brownish to bright red back and sides with numerous non-uniform black spots down the back
    Distribution Eastern United States
    Habitat Temperate forests, ponds, small creeks, rivers, temperate shrubland
    Diet Aquatic and terrestrial insects, earthworms, spiders, snails, slugs, other small salamanders
    Predators Birds, skunks, raccoons
    Breeding Season Year round barring the coldest months (December to February)
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 29-130 eggs
    Incubation Period 2 to 3 months
    Reproductive Age Males: 4 years of age
    Females: 5 years of age
    Average Lifespan 20.1 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on June 10th 2017 by under Salamanders. Article was last reviewed on 30th September 2019.

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