Red-backed Salamander Plethodon cinereus - Species in Greatest Conservation Need


Description: 3 - 5 inches. Red-backed Salamanders are a thin reddish orange to brown salamander.

Similar Species: Four-toed Salamanders may occur in the same habitat as Red-backed Salamanders, but unlike Four-toed Salamanders, Red-backed Salamanders have a dark belly.

Comments: This species occurs in a variety of habitats in northeastern Minnesota. Where found it can be quite abundant. This species has direct development, and completes its entire life cycle on land. Several specimens where collected in Chippewa County in 1937, but it is unknown if a population still exists there.

Distribution Map
Distribution map of Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus)

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