Ravine Salamander

by Justin on September 12, 2007

Ravine SalamanderRavine Salamander – Plethodon richmondi

I know we all have at least heard of Salamanders, the little snake like lizards. They are slimy and have little tiny legs and chances are if you have or are around mischievous little boys they have probably come across one.

The Ravine Salamander found from Pennsylvania to Indiana in North America is a small and slender salamander that, from its name, hides in valley woodland areas and slopes.

This Salamander is often described as a “worm with legs” because its tail makes up more than 50% of its length at adult age. The coloration varies between a brown red to a deep black with silver-white speckles along its back. Its sides have irregular white blotches and its underbelly is usually a creamy gray color.

Length: 3 – 5.6 Inches (7.5 – 14.4 cm.)

This salamander’s diet consists of small insects and beetles which include ants, pill bugs, and snails. There are many things that also prey on salamanders, if they can manage to dig one up. Raccoons, geese, and others will gladly make a meal of this salamander.

Male and female differ mainly by length, which males tend to be longer and have a larger middle section. The mating season lasts from fall to spring and hatching will occur from summer to early fall, with the new hatchlings usually not submerging from underground passageways until the mid fall.

If you do run across this salamander in the open they will most likely play dead and coil up to wait for you to leave the immediate area, so your better off just leaving the little guys alone if you see one.

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