Northern Dusky Salamander   

Desmognathus fuscus
 

Northern Dusky Salamander
Northern Dusky Salamander

Note the light dorsal stripe.

Northern Dusky Salamander Venter
Northern Dusky Salamander Venter
Northern Dusky Salamander
Northern Dusky Salamander

Note the light line extending from the eye to the jaw.

Woodland Stream Habitat
Woodland Stream Habitat
Northern Dusky Salamander
Northern Dusky Salamander
Northern Dusky Salamander
Northern Dusky Salamander

Commonly Confused Native Species:

 

  • Often Not Confused with other Species

IDENTIFICATION

 

Size:                  A small to medium sized salamander measuring 2.8 to

                           5.0 inches in length with a laterally compressed tail that

                           is triangular in cross-section.     

 

Color:                The dorsum is brown with a light dorsal stripe extending

                           to the tail; in older adults this stripe may not be present.

                           There is a light line that extends from the back edge of

                           the eye to the angle of the jaw. The venter is a whitish

                           cream in color.            

 

Behavior:         Behavior is variable from remaining completely still to

                           quickly fleeing when uncovered.        

 

Habitat:             Streams and seeps throughout the state.