This little guy was found under a mossy rock on a very rainy day.
A small adult salamander found under a log in a moist, mature red cedar and hemlock forest near a large stream.
Small salamanders ~5cm in length from snout to vent. White -speckled dark grey/black underbelly with a muddy-orange to orange/red stripe running down the back. "Runs" in a way that it looks like it is slithering with its body moving from side to side in an "S" pattern.
I found 4 under rotten logs and one just scurrying on the surface. I was observing them for a school field project.
The western redback salamander (Plethodon vehiculum) is a species of salamander in the Plethodontidae family, found in Canada and the United States. Its natural habitats are temperate forests and rocky areas. Colored stripe on back changes from red to yellow