Found on the Appalachian Trail under a rock. Open area. Orangish red with brown spots, yellow eyes, keeled tail. About 5 inches long.
Was quite pleased to find a Spring Salamander at all, extra pleased to find one eating another salamander, and interested to find it so far from the stream. Maybe they were driven upland by the storm runoff.
Under rocks in a flowing stream.
A small Spring Salamander, with the body proportions that make me think this is a recently metamorphosed juvenile. Found in a creekside clay depression beneath a flat stone. After photographing it for several minutes it scrambled into the water where I took these underwater shots.
Late summer/early autumn Spring Salamander found creekside.
Spring Salamanders have remained active into the autumn this year. This was found at creekside, entirely out of the water beneath a flat stone.
The spring salamander (Gyrinophilus porphyriticus) is a species of salamander in the family Plethodontidae. The specific name is Latin from Greek, meaning the color of porphyry, a purple stone, and this salamander has also been called the purple salamander. It is found in Canada and the United States. Its natural habitats are temperate forests, rivers, swamps, freshwater marshes, freshwater springs, inland karsts, and caves. Although deforestation is a potential threat, it occurs in many protected areas...