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    What Kind of Salamander/Newt is This?

    My friend Lauren caught these little guys in Boonsboro MD (Near Hagerstown), and we were wondering what exactly they are. If anyone could tell us, that would be great! No more pictures are available, as they were released.



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    Re: What Kind of Salamander/Newt is This?

    1 appears to be a Dusky Salamander -Desmognathus fuscus
    2 appears to be a Red-backed Salamander - Plethodon cinereus (in what is called the lead back phase)
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    Re: What Kind of Salamander/Newt is This?

    Thanks Ken!

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    Re: What Kind of Salamander/Newt is This?

    You are welcome, I would suggest researching the species I listed to make sure they are correct. I'm not exactly a salamander expert
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    Re: What Kind of Salamander/Newt is This?

    I'd say... a cute one!

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    Re: What Kind of Salamander/Newt is This?

    Dusky and Two-lined larvae are hard to tell apart, but that one looks like a Two-lined (Eurycea bislineata) to me. Two-lines do change their color patterns a LOT as larvae, and small ones are almost exactly like Desmognathus fuscus...... In general, Eurycea are much slimmer than duskys and older ones (like the one I think you found) have the spots mold (looking "scalloped") into a line.

    The adult is no doubt Eurycea bislineata, too yellow to be a lead-backed (Plethodon cinereus)

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